Aspiring Northants politician who assaulted former girlfriend given suspended jail sentence

An aspiring politician from Northamptonshire has been given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted assaulting his former girlfriend and possessing a knife in public.

Wednesday, 30th March 2016, 6:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2016, 8:04 am
Northampton Crown Court

George Moriarty, of Hollands Drive, Burton Latimer, went to his former girlfriend’s workplace in Wellingborough after she told him their relationship was over on December 16 last year.

Northampton Crown Court heard Moriarty grabbed her by the neck and pushed her up against a wall after she refused to get in his car. He then pinned her down on the floor.

Moriarty then became even more angry after the woman managed to escape and knocked his wing mirror.

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The court heard Moriarty went into his car and returned with a Stanley knife and held the blade to his own wrist.

William Falshaw, mitigating, said his client had an ambition to be a politician and was a member of the Conservative party.

Mr Falshaw said: “He had an ambition to become a local councillor but he realises he will not be able to do that for a while due to this conviction.”

Moriarty pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and possessing a bladed article in public.

His Honour Judge Rupert Mayo sentenced Moriarty to nine months in prison, suspended for a year. He must complete a 40-day rehabilitation course and must pay costs of £150 and victim surcharge of £100.