Fighter spared jail for beating partner when she found out he abused his ex


A former martial arts fighter violently attacked his partner after she found out his true identity and read news reports about how he’d beaten up a former girlfriend. Abbi Hainey had been in a six-week relationship with Dominic McCluskey, who had used an alias name to hide his violent past from her, but dumped him when she discovered the truth. Two days later he launched a terrifying onslaught, stamping on a bed, while she was trapped underneath it during a ‘nasty and cowardly’ attack. Newcastle Crown Court heard the mum-of-one ‘thought she was going to die’ during the 30-minute assault.

She has now moved out of her home and been left traumatised as a result of her shocking ordeal. McCluskey’s first victim, Brogan Sloan, who was left with damaged teeth and two black eyes after a prolonged beating in 2016, has spoken out in support of the woman he duped and then attacked. Brogan, now 25, said: ‘I was so sorry to learn Dominic had done this to someone else. ‘Hearing that he had lied about who he was is absolutely shocking. ‘I only wish this woman had found out before committing to him what he was really like and what a troubled man he is.

‘I can only apologise that someone else had to go through the same traumatic experience I did.’ Prosecutor Rachael Glover told the court McCluskey’s most recent victim, Abbi, had met the 24-year-old on a night out and they started a relationship. His fake identity meant she was unaware he had been jailed for a brutal attack on Brogan. Miss Glover said: ‘On November 1 the complainant found out the defendant’s real surname. She had been told he was Dominic Luke. ‘She found out his name was Dominic McCluskey.

‘She found it strange. She Googled him and saw reports in relation to a previous partner. For those reasons she decided to end the relationship.’ The court heard it was two days later, on November 3 when McCluskey was at the woman’s home and flew into a rage when her phone started ringing. Miss Glover said: ‘He flipped the bed she was sat upon, which threw her on the floor. ‘The bed ended up on top of her. ‘He then stamped on the bed, knowing she was underneath it. ‘She managed to calm him down a little bit. They made their way downstairs.

‘The defendant then started strangling the complainant and making threats while doing so. ‘He then stopped because her phone started ringing again.’ The court heard McCluskey smashed Abbi’s phone against the wall after the violence. Miss Glover told the court the victim feared for her life and added: ‘She said she doesn’t want to exaggerate but did genuinely feel like she was going to die. ‘She was very scared, never been so scared in her life before.

‘She never wants to see the defendant ever again but has so many questions, primarily, why did he do this and what did she do to deserve it?’ The court heard the victim moved home as a result of the attack, which left her with soft tissue injuries and needing physiotherapy and has post traumatic stress disorder. McCluskey, of South View, Stanley in County Durham, admitted assault and criminal damage. He has previous convictions for violence, including the attack on Brogan, who he targeted while she was in bed. He was jailed for 13 months after searching through Brogan’s mobile phone while she was asleep then punching and kicking her across the bedroom. She also thought she was going to die at his hands.

The court heard he has been in custody on remand for the latest attack since the start of December. Judge Sarah Mallett sentenced him to 21 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements and 200 hours unpaid work. Brogan added: ‘The sentence is terrible. I can’t actually believe that is what he was given. ‘When I was in that position I didn’t agree with the sentence received and I definitely don’t agree with this one. ‘Not once but twice he has assaulted women and he’s just getting let off with it. ‘He should be punished for his crimes.”

The judge told him: ‘Your short relationship ended on November 1 when she learned your real surname and your previous convictions for violence and decided to end the relationship. ‘On November 3 in the early hours of the morning you were at her address and an issue arose over who was ringing her. ‘You lost your temper. You lost it completely.’ The judge said the 30-minutes was a ‘really long time for her to be as frightened of you as she obviously was’ and added: ‘She said she genuinely thought she was going to die. She was in a lot of pain. ‘It is acknowledged on your behalf this was a nasty and cowardly assault.’