Reality TV star Jeremy McConnell arrives at Liverpool magistrates Court where he is to be sentenced for assaulting ex-girlfriend Stephanie Davis [Peter Byrne]
Jeremy McConnell has been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months after being found guilty of attacking Stephanie Davis.
Prior to sentencing Stephanie’s lawyers demanded a restraining order for the former Hollyoaks star.
The terms of the order are that the Irish model is “not to contact directly or indirectly, by any means Stephanie Davis, except by solicitors or as directed by the family court for the purposes of child contact and he is not to enter the road Steph lives on”.
The prosecution said Stephanie had suffered bruising to her arms and head, as well as a bite mark after the incident. The actress did not attend court today.
Jeremy McConnell and Stephanie Davis have been in an on-off relationship since meeting on Celebrity Big Brother [Peter Byrne]
Representatives for Jeremy said his relationship with Stephanie was “volatile” and that he was willing to pay for any damages he caused during the incident.
During the testimony, Stephanie Davis broke down as she recalled the incident, which took place at her home in Merseyside on March 9.
The court heard that the former Hollyoaks star, 24, “feared for her life” on the night of the attack as Jeremy “grabbed her face and took her phone before throwing her around like a rag doll and getting her in a headlock,” The Mirror reports.
Reality TV star Jeremy McConnell was sentenced
Stephanie Davis leaving Liverpool Magistrates’ Court where on-off Jeremy McConnell was found guilty of assaulting her [Getty]
Stephanie told the court that her mother, Pauline Davies, had arrived at her home on the night in question to stop Jeremy’s attack.
“After I locked the doors I heard kicking on the front door like he was putting it in. That was at the front of the property,” she said.
“I couldn’t find my mobile phone, but he always used to take my mobile in those times, so I was searching everywhere and I couldn’t find it and I started to panic.”
Stephanie Davis arriving at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court [PA]
Following the verdict, Stephanie announced that she hopes to raise awareness over domestic assault and would start to work with charities.
A statement on behalf of the actress given exclusively to OK! Online said: “We are delighted with the decision in court today and are pleased that justice has been done – we await the decision on Friday and the appropriate sentencing.
“Stephanie and her family would like to thank everyone for their support throughout this process which has been stressful and has put them all under massive pressure.
Jeremy McConnell arrives at Liverpool Magistrates Court [SWNS]
“Stephanie would like to thank her family, friends and team around her who have stuck with her and helped her to begin to rebuild her life.
“Stephanie now wishes to work with domestic violence and abuse charities to raise awareness and stop what has happened to her happening to other women in the UK.”