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Falmouth chef attacked girlfriend, and four passers-by
6:10am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Cornwall
Hearing from the police how he had carried out an alleged attack on his girlfriend in a Falmouth street one night, a 24-year-old chef began to cry when he thought he might have hurt her, Truro magistrates heard.
Jack Daniel O’Hanlon was alleged to have slapped his girlfriend Hayley Hall after a heated argument in Killigrew Street during the early hours and then pushed her against a wall and grabbed her round the throat. Four passers-by who intervened were subjected to violence and attacks by him.
O’Hanlon, of Tresillian Road, Falmouth, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour at Falmouth on September 21.
Gail Hawkley, for the CPS, told the magistrates Ms Hall had refused to give a statement of complaint about what happened or attend court.
During the attack on the passers-by the defendant had slapped, and in one incident, head-butted.
When police questioned O’Hanlon he seemed not to remember the assaults. He said he had drunk wine, beer, whiskey and cocktails. When he heard about the alleged assault on his girlfriend he became distressed and began crying at the thought of hurting her.
As a result of the incident, said Ms Hawkley, no-one received lasting injury.
Elliott Moore, solicitor for O’Hanlon, said he had been in a relationship with Ms Hall for seven months last year, then it faltered for four or five months, but was resurrected.
They had both been drinking on the night of the offence and the incident had deteriorated because of some suggestion that O’Hanlon might have been flirting with another female.
The case was adjourned for a probation report.