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'Most wanted' fugitive Michael Easy jailed for attack on woman in Southampton
HE WAS the brazen thug who taunted police on Facebook as he became Southampton’s most wanted man.
Despite trying to evade hundreds of police officers after a knife attack on a teenager, Michael Easy still found time to update his Facebook page.
As the nationwide manhunt went on for several weeks, the fugitive continued to mock officers, uploading photographs of himself in “disguise” wearing a tacky platinum wig and pink Dame Edna Everage-style glasses and changing his name to Michelle.
But today the violent dad-ofone is behind bars and will be spending Christmas in jail for his latest terrifying attack on a woman. The serial offender has been jailed for 15 months after kicking and slapping a woman at a party.
Violence flared when Toni Lee Dumper was partying in Alma Road, Southampton, on May 24 when Easy gate-crashed with another man and demanded that she tell him the whereabouts of her sister – an ex-girlfriend.
The prosecution had claimed Easy then produced a knife and caused a small cut to her neck, struck her across the face and then kicked her.
Easy, of no fixed address, was convicted of causing actual bodily harm but was acquitted of possessing a knife.
Said to have two previous weapon-related convictions and six for attacks on previous girlfriends or partners, Easy admitted he had slapped her but denied having a knife.
Speaking about his problems with anger, Easy said: “I have tried in every situation to keep out of trouble. I am 28 and I have a 14-year-old kid. I never had a knife and I don’t know how she got cut.”
Passing sentence, Judge Gary Burrell QC told Easy: “The injuries themselves were trivial.
“Nevertheless you have a bad history for violence, and if you continue in this way you will end up with longer and longer sentences in prison, and you will be considered a danger to the public.”
The judge also banned him for contacting Miss Dumper for five years.
He added: “I bear in mind you want to deal with your problem and you admitted the offences during the course of the evidence.”
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