LIVERPOOL, England – A man from Liverpool has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to stalking and assault causing grievous bodily harm. Alan Hall, 35, deliberately stamped on his ex-girlfriend’s feet, leaving her with a broken toe and damaged bones, according to the Liverpool Crown Court.
The victim had ended the relationship after just six weeks, but Hall refused to accept it and began stalking her. He would follow her around, show up at her home and her friend’s address, and even damaged her phone and the locks on her house.
The incident took place in August last year when Hall shouted and argued with the victim at a mutual friend’s house in St Helens. He sat beside her on the settee, and when she tried to wave him away and sang along to music, he grabbed her hand, screamed at her to show him respect, and then stamped on both her feet, causing her to yell in pain.
As a result, the victim suffered a broken toe in her right foot and a number of damaged bones in her left foot, needing to wear a protective walker boot. The prosecutor stated that Hall’s actions had caused significant distress and psychological harm to the victim.
In court, Hall’s lawyer stated that the defendant wants to apologize to the complainant and has recognized his issues with binge drinking and the need for anger management. However, the judge, Stuart Driver, noted that Hall has a history of violence against women and ex-partners, with several convictions related to such offenses.
Judge Driver emphasized that Hall’s poor compliance with court orders and high risk of serious harm in the future warranted an immediate custodial sentence. Additionally, a restraining order was granted preventing Hall from contacting the victim for seven years.
The case serves as a reminder of the prevalence and impact of domestic violence, shedding light on the importance of legal repercussions and support for victims of such abuse.