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Jeremy McConnell AVOIDS jail for assaulting Stephanie Davis in attack so terrifying she 'thought I was going to die'

Mirror logo Mirror 11/08/2017 Jonathan Humphries

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Jeremy McConnell has managed to swerve a prison sentence for assaulting Stephanie Davis in a sustained attack at her home in March this year - but must comply with the terms of a three-year restraining order banning him from contacting her.

He has been handed 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid community service and pay £1,000 in costs and £1,000 to Steph in compensation.

McConnell will also pay a victim surcharge of £115, all of which must be paid within 28 days.

The judge blasted him for showing "no remorse" over the attack, even when his baby son Caben-Albi was put at risk.

"I find you have displayed no remorse, not even for the effect of this episode on your young baby," she told him.

The former Celebrity Big Brother housemate was told he could still go to jail for the horrific events of March 9, in which Stephanie was thrown around "like a rag-doll" while holding the couple's eight-week-old baby son in her arms.

If he fails to comply with the Probation Services, he could be imprisoned.

In a statement read out to the court, Stephanie - who was not there in person - said: "This incident has made me feel a nervous wreck; every time I hear a loud noise I panic. This has made me feel severe anxiety and depressed.

"I feel like I'm drowning, like I have to justify everything I do and I question myself constantly because Jeremy has denied everything."

She added that she will have to explain to baby Caben "what his Daddy did to his Mummy".

The judge criticised McConnell for failing to plead guilty and for describing his own behaviour throughout the trial as "reasonable" - something she called "bizarre".

In mitigation, McConnell's defence claimed "undiagnosed bereavement issues" relating to the deaths of his mother, sister and brother at the age of 15 - and the loss of his father in March this year.

His dad's funeral was held in Dublin just three days before the assault, his team said.

"He was in a very low frame of mind in the days up to this incident," they added.

The judge also heard that McConnell has given up cocaine and intends to stay clean, and that he went to rehab in Ireland following the attack for treatment.

His lawyer added: "He's a man of previous good character, he's lost his good character, and he's willing to comply with any community order or suspended sentence order."

The sentence no doubt comes as a huge relief for the disgraced McConnell, who has been messaging strangers for sympathy since being found guilty for the assault by beating on Monday. 

At the time, the judge told him he could face a custodial sentence - the maximum penalty being six months for this kind of offence.

"This is a sad story, like many of this sort there is much emotion on both sides," judge Wendy Lloyd said on Monday.

Since his guilty verdict, McConnell has been banned from speaking to Stephanie, her mum Pauline Davis and her aunt Gillian Lavin - all three of whom gave testimony at the trial.

He was told to go through the "proper channels" if he wished to talk to her about Caben-Albi.

Stephanie was not in court to hear her ex-boyfriend's sentence, having sent a statement through earlier that pointedly said she would be taking care of her child.

"Stephanie won't be attending court again today as she will be busy with Caben," her rep said.

"As a single mother her priority has to be the continued focus on her son. We await the sentence news later today with interest."


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