A man launched an unprovoked attack on his ex-wife’s new partner when he became embroiled in a domestic row.
Thomas Lambe, 49, repeatedly punched the female victim, knocking her unconscious, and stamped on the woman’s head before he calmly walked away, Teesside Crown Court heard.
He punched the victim knocking her eyebrow piercing out
The court heard he involved himself in an argument between his ex-partner and her new female partner at their Hartlepool home. Four children were in the house at the time.
Lambe later pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, but was spared immediate jail.
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said the two women had been “bickering” before Lambe turned up at the house.
When the victim tried to leave the house after the argument, Lambe attacked her “without warning,” said Mr Hadfield.
He told the court: “He punched the victim initially in the left eye and, following on, punched her repeatedly, from above her left eye.
“Her head was knocked against a wall and she hit her head on a radiator before she was knocked to the ground.
“The victim remembers losing consciousness. The defendant then stamped on her head.”
Lambe walked away but returned and grabbed the woman by the throat and said “I’m going to kill you, you b****.”
Mr Hadfield added: “Other people were all trying to get the defendant off the victim.
“Eventually, he came away and calmly walked away.”
The victim went to hospital the next day. She suffered a black eye, a cut on her eyebrow and bruising and swelling.
The court heard Lambe, who had been living in Beaminster, Dorset, while the court case was ongoing, planned to return to Hartlepool to live, where he has two children with his ex-partner.
Nicholas Rooke, defending, said Lambe had no previous convictions and added: “He is extremely remorseful for what happened.”
He was sentenced to 30 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 40 days of rehabilitation.
The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, said: “Your ex-partner and her new partner were together.
“They were in an argument and essentially you became embroiled in that.
“You did so to some extent because you carried out an attack on her which resulted in very nasty injuries to her.”
He added: “There was no element of provocation here.”