Newcastle: Man who let partner’s lip droop should be released early | UK News
A man whose attack on his partner left her ‘disfigured’ with part of her lip is being released after serving just a quarter of his sentence.
Phillip McGlinchey, 31, has been jailed for three years and three months after assaulting his ex-girlfriend Stacey Hall at her home in Newcastle.
But the 31-year-old mum was recently told McGlinchey would be released after serving just nine months behind bars – under the Home Detention Curfew scheme.
The program allows some individuals to be granted early release from detention if they have an appropriate address to go to. It is often referred to as “tagging”.
Stacey is “scared” for her own life and “for other women out there who, like her, might fall for his charms.”
She shared how she saw her life “flash before her eyes” in April 2021 when McGlinchey attacked her after picking her up from a dinner with her friends.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how McGlinchey had physically abused Stacey since December 2020.
She told loved ones she “slipped” after the first time, but she became a “shell” of herself and her pals noticed bruises on her face.
On the night of the April 2021 attack, Stacey’s friends asked her directly if McGlinchey hit her, and she “broke down and was telling the truth.”
“I was relieved when I told them what happened, but if only I knew what was waiting for me when I got home,” she said.
Stacey asked McGlinchey to pick her up an hour later than originally arranged, and then she confronted him about his abuse when they got home.
She said: “I let him know that I had told my friends how violent he was and that I was scared.
“I was hoping he would listen and take me seriously, but out of nowhere I felt a slap in the face and my life flashed before my eyes.
“I ran into the bedroom to get my phone to call the police but Phillip had already tucked it in his back pocket.
“He then continued to attack my face, resulting in him tearing my lip apart.
“I was able to snatch my phone from him and called an ambulance who said a neighbor had already heard my screams.
“Once the police saw my bloody face, they knew exactly what happened.”
Stacey, a chef, needed 10 stitches and ended up paying £160 for surgery on her lip after feeling “self-conscious” about the injury. She claims she had trouble speaking and eating for eight months.
One police officer described Stacey’s lip as “looking like the top of the lip was hanging down like a flap.”
She said: “I was in so much pain for weeks and couldn’t look at my reflection. I just sat in my house crying because I couldn’t bear to go outside.
“His seizure left me with a lot of anxiety and even now my lip is not okay because the scar tissue is still very visible.
“I tried to get back to work after three months but I couldn’t stay in my role because of the impact of the attack. I still get nightmares about the whole thing to this day. He ruined my life.”
McGlinchey, a personal trainer from South Gosforth, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault causing actual assault last May.
Stacey has moved away from Newcastle to try to get on with her life but has now been told McGlinchey will be released this month.
She said: “As a victim of domestic violence, it’s a massive slap in the face to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
“He’s a narcissistic, evil person and he’ll only see the small part of the sentence he’s served as a slap on the wrists.
“What’s stopping him from doing that to another woman and ruining her life too?
“He will move on with his life but I am trapped in a cage of trauma caused by him.”
Andrew Walker, who is defending himself, previously told the court his client “can overreact in emotional circumstances” and is caring for a son with a previous partner and his mother.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to the CPS for comment.
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