Justice at last for ex-partner

A man who beat up his girlfriend twice in their home before fleeing abroad to begin a new life in the Far East has finally been brought to justice.

Anthony McKee, 52, from Rothwell, left his ex-partner needing neck surgery after throwing her through the coffee table of their home when she threatened to leave him in April 2004.

The summer before he had again attacked her, this time punching her repeatedly in the face to leave her with a black eye.

But after being charged with inflicting actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm, McKee disappeared from the country and a judge was forced to convict him in his absence.

It was only when McKee, who now has a wife and two children in Malaysia, returned to the UK on a business trip earlier this year he was stopped and brought before the courts.

Appearing at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday, McKee stood before a judge seven years after he should have done.

Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said: “Since the offences you have turned your life around.

“You have built up a successful company and you have a wife and two young children.

“You now have a new life and it is a great pity you did not stay to face the music after the offences.

“You are not just paying for what happened, but your new family will also suffer too.”

The court heard how McKee’s ex-partner was forced to spend 11 days in hospital and then two months wearing a neck brace following the second attack.

Judge De Bertodano said: “Domestic violence is always more serious than other types of violence because someone is entitled to look to you for love and affection, not with violence.”

McKee, who lived in Kuala Lumpur, was given a prison sentence of 28 months, but told he may serve only half of it in jail.