A man has been jailed for 20 months for a “cowardly” attack on a woman which left her with a facial fracture.
Andrew Horton prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court that Arron Read, of Huddersfield, was visiting a flat in Shaw Cross, Dewsbury on June 10 and was arguing with his then girlfriend in a bedroom.
She was overheard to say: “You’re not going to hit her” seconds before Read charged out into the living room and began punching Shanika Sewell, 21, who was a friend of hers.
Mr Horton said Read grabbed hold of his victim’s hair and pulled her head down, kneeing her in the face. He then threw a lamp at her and a box of beer cans after she fell to the floor.
“The assault then continued with her on the floor with further kicks and punches to her face and body before Read picked up a beer can and left.”
Miss Sewell was taken to hospital. She had concussion, her eye was badly bruised and a scan revealed a displaced fracture of the right orbital floor.
The court heard Read had previous convictions for common assault on women in 2012 and 2013 and is currently serving 14 weeks in prison imposed by magistrates for an assault on his former girlfriend which occurred after the incident before the Crown court.
Angus McDonald representing him said his remorse was demonstrated by his early guilty plea. “He really has no explanation for it, it was a shameful incident and he is genuinely remorseful.”
He said Read was determined to better himself while in custody and had arranged to do courses.
Read, 22, of Walpole Road, Crosland Moor, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.
Jailing him Recorder Tim Gittins said he already a record for violence against women and this case involved a “cowardly attack on a vulnerable female and is not the sort of behaviour a real man engages in.”
“I don’t know what the reason for your attack was, it matters little.
“But what followed was a sustained attack which included punching her, kneeing her in the face, smashing a lamp on her, throwing beer cans on her and continuing to kick and punch her.
“You are fortunate it didn’t cause her more significant and permanent damage.”