Murderer sent back to prison for attack on his girlfriend

Brian Makin pleaded guilty to assault by beating
Brian Makin pleaded guilty to assault by beating

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A MAN once jailed for murder is back in prison after headbutting his girlfriend.

Brian Makin appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

The 49-year-old was jailed for 120 days after the court heard that he headbutted and slapped his partner on November 25 last year.

Prosecutor Graham Heath told the court that Makin had started the relationship with the victim 10 months before the incident and had been living with her for five months.

But he had struggled with drink after getting out of prison 20 months ago, having served a 20-year sentence for murder.

Mr Heath said: ‘The victim returned home to find the defendant drinking with a friend.

‘They appeared to be drunk and he became aggressive towards her. In her statement to police she added he moved very close to her as if he would headbutt her. That’s what he did.’

Mr Heath went on to tell the court that the victim tried to hold her hands up and said ‘let go’ but Makin held her wrists and slapped her around the head.

He added: ‘He slapped her again and again and she fell to the floor.’

Defending, Michael Gallagher said Makin remembered little of the incident.

‘The defendant has little memory of the day in question and has been relying on alcohol,’ he said.

‘Since being released from prison, he has found it extremely difficult to return to society.

‘He spent a lot of time in custody – almost 20 years.

‘He tried to get on with his life and tried to get a job but was told he was unemployable.

‘He has taken to alcohol and would binge drink.

‘The defendant is extremely remorseful about the incident.’

Makin, of Russell Place, Fareham, appeared at the court through video link from Winchester prison after he was recalled following the incident.

District Judge Anne Arnold said during sentencing the incident was so serious only a custodial sentence would be considered.

‘The incident involved the use of a weapon in the form of headbutting,’ she said.

‘Also the victim was slapped which caused her to fall to the floor. The court has given you credit for a guilty plea.’

Makin also had to pay an £80 victim surcharge.