A JEALOUS dad who attacked his ex-partner with a hammer because she had started a relationship with another man has been put behind bars.
Hartlepool man Geoffrey Pearson launched the terrifying doorstep attack after Helen Crozier told him she was seeing someone else.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 45-year-old had aimed the clawed weapon at the terrified mum’s head but she was able to put up her hand to fend off the blows.
The 46-year-old victim suffered a puncture wound to the hand during the violence and a bruised and swollen leg as a result of the hammer blows at her Sunderland home.
Pearson, of Mariners Point, Hartlepool, who has a conviction for violence on a previous partner, pleaded guilty to assault and was jailed for eight months.
The judge told him: “You could have killed her” and said it was “pure luck” the victim did not suffer more serious injury.
Pearson must stay away from Miss Crozier for the next five years under the terms of a restraining order.
Judge Sean Morris told him: “You are clearly someone who thinks they are entitled to control women.
“What you did on this day was wholly unforgivable.
“Your former partner is entitled to see whoever she likes, whenever she likes. It is not up to you to decide what she does with her life.”
Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court Pearson had turned up at Miss Crozier’s door on May 23 after a row over the phone.
Mr Pallister said: “He appeared to be in a rage.
“She was grabbed by the throat by the defendant. He pulled her with a lot of force, making it hard for her to breathe.
“He then let go of her and she saw he was holding a hammer.
“He said ‘I’m going to put this in your head’ and he began swinging the hammer towards her head.
“She managed to put her arm up to try and protect her face.
“She tried to close the door.
“He hit her leg with the hammer a number of times and she managed to slam the door.”
The court heard Pearson banged at the door with the weapon to be let in while Miss Crozier contacted the police.
Mr Pallister added: “He said he had thought there was a chance they may get back together. But two weeks ago she told him she had met someone else and that made him angry.
“He wanted to know who the male was.”
The court heard Pearson is “regretful and repentant” and had “lost all rational thought” when he carried out the attack.