Carlisle man jailed for 'appalling' domestic attack

John Thomas Allan Image copyright Craig McGlasson
Image caption John Thomas Allan behaved "like an animal", his victim said

A man who left his partner with injuries on "virtually every part of her body" has been jailed for 10 years.

John Thomas Allan, 33, slashed Kay Irving with a Stanley knife and smashed her over the head with a vodka bottle during the sustained attack in April.

Allan, of Millholme Avenue, Currock, Carlisle, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Jailing him, Judge Peter Hughes said: "I have rarely encountered such appalling domestic violence."

Carlisle Crown Court was told that Allan had been under the influence of drink and drugs when he carried out the attack, which lasted for a number of hours.

Police were alerted by neighbours who heard Ms Irving's screams for help. She told officers that he had behaved "like an animal".

Allan, who will not be considered for parole until he has served two-thirds of his sentence, was also banned from contacting her indefinitely.

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