Gainsborough: Man jailed for attack on his girlfriend which left her with a fractured cheekbone

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A Gainsborough man who carried out a sustained attack on his partner leaving her with a fractured cheekbone has been jailed for 18 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Jamie Shaw carried out the assault after meeting up with Jessica Ward in Canute’s Bar at the end of an evening when both been out separately in Gainsborough town centre.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Shaw became abusive when they arrived back at Ms Ward’s home and told her the relationship was over.

“He followed her into the kitchen and pushed her. She fell back into the cooker.”

“He spat in her face and then grabbed her by the throat squeezing her neck so she was struggling to breathe.”

Mr Scott said Shaw pushed Ms Ward to the floor and continued to spit in her face.

“She was screaming and shouting at him to leave her alone. While she was on the floor he stamped all over her legs. She was in a lot of pain. He punched her and then kicked her to the side of the head.”

Shaw then packed his belongings and left.

Ms Ward sought help from a female friend and from her mother before police were called. She was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary for treatment to a fractured right cheekbone. She also suffered bruising to her face, arms and legs and her neck was swollen.

She later told police “I thought this was me gone. I thought he was going to kill me. I feared for my life.”

Shaw ,25, of Charlotte Court, North Street, Gainsborough, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on 26 August 2013.

Judge Michael Heath imposed an indefinite restraining order banning Shaw from contacting Ms Ward or going within 100 metres of her home.

The Judge told Shaw “This was a sustained assault on a defenceless woman in her own home. I cannot justify anything other than an immediate sentence of imprisonment.”

David Eager, defending, said “He fully accepts the version of events given by the complainant and that what happened on this evening was entirely his fault.

“At the time of this attack he was taking a course of steroids for body building purposes.”

“Mixing steroids and alcohol is not a good idea and often results in a change in personality.”