A DRUNKEN thug who twice headbutted and rugby tackled his pregnant ex-girlfriend has been locked up.
Jacob Bates carried out the shocking assault on Natalie Stevens, who was three months pregnant, just weeks after he was spared jail.
Teesside Crown Court heard how he headbutted her and rugby tackled Ms Stevens to the ground to try to stop her walking away from him.
The same night he kicked in the front door of a man he had a grudge with.
Bates, 20, carried out the rampage on March 22. Just a few weeks before on February 10, he was spared jail after attended an organised fight when he chased a love rival with a hammer.
Detailing the new offences, prosecutor Sue Jacobs, said Bates had been arguing with a man and planned to “smash his house up”.
Just after 7pm he went to his intended victim’s home carrying a four-foot spirit level where he kicked in a panel of the front door and pushed the man’s mother.
Bates also threw the spirit level at his intended victim but missed.
Soon after he met up with his ex-girlfriend at his mum’s house and became violent when she attempted to leave.
Miss Jacobs said: “He rugby tackled her and said ‘where do you think you are going?’.
“He then flung her his shoulder and ran back to his mother’s address.
“She said she wanted to go home. He grabbed her hair headbutted her twice in the face.
“She managed to run from the address and he again rugby tackled her and got her in a tight headlock.
“It was so tight she couldn’t breathe and said she thought she was going to die.”
Bates, of Armadale Grove, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon, criminal damage, affray and common assault.
Richard Herrmann, mitigating, said: “He knows this was an extremely ugly incident. He was intoxicated, not that that’s any excuse.
“It was a difficult period in his life, he suffered a bereavement of a close family member.”
Bates was jailed for 19 months, which included seven months of a previously suspended jail sentence.
Recorder Graeme Cook, said: “Your former girlfriend must have been absolutely terrified. I take the view the offending is so serious only an immediate custodial sentence can be imposed.”