Brute who suffocated his girlfriend until she passed out in a cage for two years


A serial domestic abuser brutally attacked his girlfriend and strangled her until she passed out and was locked up for two years.

Violent Brian McCaskey dragged Sabina McAleer by the hair on the ground and repeatedly kicked her in the head during the terrifying February assault last year.

Ms McAleer had tried to barricade herself in her house’s bathroom to get away from McCaskey, but the bully kicked in the door and grabbed her by the neck, knocking her unconscious.

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The vile attack was described as “astonishing” by Sheriff Brian Mohan at Paisley Sheriff Court on Friday as he jailed McCaskey for a total of two years, telling him he was a risk to his partners.

The court heard the 31-year-old and Ms McAleer had an argument at her home in Barrhead’s Patterton Drive, with McCaskey throwing offensive remarks at her, calling her “f ***** g little cow”.

In an effort to calm the situation, Ms. McAleer left the room and went to the bathroom.

But McCaskey followed her and demanded that she let him in.

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Assistant Tax Attorney Michael Cunningham told Paisley Sheriff Court: “While she was there she put her foot out the door to keep it from opening.

“McCaskey then approached the door and started knocking and kicking the door, yelling at the witness.

“Then he kicked the door open and walked into the bathroom and grabbed Ms. McAleer by the hair and dragged her on the floor and out of the bathroom.

“At that point, he then hit her twice in the body.

“The witness tried to remove her head, after which he kicked her twice in the head and grabbed her by the neck.

“That’s when she thinks she passed out.”

Ms McAleer ran to her neighbor for help and asked them to call the police, and McCaskey was found pacing the street shortly after.

He appeared on the dock where he admitted assaulting her on February 22 last year, as well as shouting offensive remarks at her and kicking and damaging a door Many times.

He admitted to assaulting and acting aggressively towards Ms McAleer on another occasion on July 24 last year, in which he nudged her while he was drunk and yelled, swore and made offensive remarks about him.

McCaskey also pleaded guilty to violating his bail conditions, which prevented him from contacting her.

His lawyer Jim Clarke said this despite what had happened between them. Ms. McAleer wanted to continue her relationship with McCaskey.

He said: “It may seem surprising that a relationship can survive the incidents that have been recounted.

“Despite what has happened, Ms. McAleer sees a future,

“For his part, he recognizes that there is a pattern of delinquency developing here.”

Sheriff Mohan criticized McCaskey for “going down a path of violence” against Ms McAleer and told him to “take a long and serious look” on himself.

The lawyer added: “Your lawyer is correct in characterizing these events as astonishing.

“These will be your ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th national convictions against various partners.

“The sad reality is that despite what happened with previous partners, you never changed your ways.

“Your behavior puts your partners at risk.

“It’s also a measure of Ms. McAleer’s thinking that her point of view has become so distorted that despite it, she sees a future in your relationship.”

McCaskey was jailed for a total of two years and was also issued a non-harassment order, barring him from entering Patterton Drive in Barrhead.

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