A thug who publicly beat his pregnant girlfriend in the street and flogged her with an electric plug and lead has been sent on a Government programme to help him build 'better relationships'.
Yeah, it's the bloody Minshull Street Crown Court female justice cadre yet again...
Hibbert, also of Droylsden, had a previous 12-year history of violence towards an ex-partner and loved ones and was said to have 'issues with power and control'.
You don't say..? Well, surely, female judges aren't going to stand for that sort of nonsense.
In mitigation his lawyer Michael Johnson said: 'This is an extremely unattractive set of offences, committed by a man with an extremely unattractive record for violence.
'But this man has been in custody for over nine months and that’s the equivalent of an 18-month sentence. In terms of punishment, that can be advanced as already being delivered.
Well, that's not the usual excuse, is it..? Ah, but he was just warming up:
'He has a history of violence at perhaps not the highest level, interrupted by the imposition of prison sentences, which do not seem to have any effect on changing the defendant’s behaviour. He hurts someone. He goes to prison. He comes out. He hurts someone else, and he goes back to prison. It continues. Intervention will assist him and address the issues that mostly underlie this offending.'
You think? Seems to me the problem isn't in the 'going to prison' bit, it's in the 'coming out' bit!
Sentencing Hibbert the judge Miss Recorder Kate Cornell told him: 'These assaults took place against a background of coercion and a toxic relationship. You are a 30-year-old man with multiple convictions.
'You have a history of domestic issues with a previous partner and family. You struggle to cope with stress and do so through violence. You have issues with power and control. But you have had no intervention from probation for some years and clearly, this has not been helped by short periods of custody.'
So make the next one a longer one...