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Skeen was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, and was banned from driving for two years having also been convicted of driving offences.

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Laganside Court in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Laganside Court in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Laganside Court in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

A convicted killer, originally from Dublin has been sentenced at Belfast Magistrate’s Court for subjecting a woman to a series of assaults and threats.

The 43-year-old has previously received a six-year sentence for killing his love rival in England twenty years ago.

Stephen Skeen pleaded not guilty to murder, but admitted the manslaughter of James Taylor (34), who he caught sleeping with his girlfriend, Brenda Dyer, after he caught her in bed with the victim.

The Old Bailey heard how Skeen and Ms Dyer had a row the previous day, before Skeen arrived at the house to make amends on August 5, 2000.

Upon seeing Mr Taylor having sex with his girlfriend through a bedroom window, Skeen entered the east London property and beat Mr Taylor before stabbing his victim eight times.

In the case yesterday, it was heard how Skeen subjected a woman to “dreadful” assaults and threats.

The court heard how Skeen pulled out the hair of his victim and kicked her.

His defence, Liam Curran, referring to his client, of no fixed abode, said: "He (Skeen) recognised his behaviour was out of control."

He described the charges as "somewhat historical", having taken place in 2019.

Judge Ted Magill raised Skeen’s history in court, saying his previous record was “appalling”.

He added: "The injured party's statement is dreadful and the word has to go out that domestic violence will attract proper sentences."

Skeen was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, and was banned from driving for two years having also been convicted of driving offences.

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He also faced counts of damaging his victim’s phone and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to wound.

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