A YOB was slammed as a “coward” as he was jailed after a brutal attack on his pregnant girlfriend in a fish & chip shop.
Customers and staff watched in horror as John Paul Allison, 33, punched and kicked Chantelle Andrews while she was seven-months pregnant.
A judge described the attack as “despicable” as he jailed Allison for 12 months at Teesside Crown Court.
Miss Andrews had been trying to end the relationship when Allison cornered her in a fish and chip shop where she was trying to hide from him on May 2.
CCTV footage from the shop in Raby Road, Hartlepool, showed her cowering as Allison stormed inside and punched her three times in the face.
He left after grabbing at her bag but returned and punched her again before kicking at her head, said Emma Atkinson, prosecuting.
Allison was arrested and accepted that he had slapped Miss Andrews.
Miss Atkinson said: “He went on to say ‘It’s all right for her to punch me, but when I punch her I get charged with it.’”
The court heard Allison had 19 previous convictions on his record for 26 offences, including drug offences, but none for violence.
Annelise Haugstad, mitigating, said that Allison had been remorseful throughout and he was ashamed of his behaviour.
She added: “The relationship began when the two had difficulties with drugs.
“He was trying to rectify the problem, and he is now free of drugs and remains with only alcohol to address. He intends to go to an alcohol treatment centre in Hartlepool once he is free from custody.”
Judge Peter Bowers told Allison: “This attack was cowardly, despicable, it was a pregnant girl in there cowering in a fish and chip shop from you and you go back twice and kick her.
“I don’t think I can overlook it.”
Allison, of Station Road East, Trimdon Station, was jailed after he pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm.