Thug jailed over violent attack on girlfriend after a night out

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A thug described by a judge as an 'irrationally jealous and angry individual' has been jailed for attacking his girlfriend after a night out at the bingo

Nathan Wilson, 25, was jailed for what the judge said was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable woman.

Wilson's lawyer told Teesside Crown Court that he was devastated and ashamed by his actions which occurred when he was drunk.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said that the woman had contacted police on a number of occasions about Wilson's behaviour.

On June 8 they went to Mecca Bingo in Hartlepool and later they went to Lloyds Bar where Wilson turned on a man and he was ejected by staff. Later he started to threaten a taxi driver who tried to get him out of his cab.

When they reached his girlfriend's home he shouted in her face and he began punching her in the face. He knocked her to the floor and he kicked her in the head.

She ran from the house but he ran after her, grabbed her by the hair and he threw her on the living room floor.

He was then holding a steak knife, and she was terrified saying: "Please don't hurt me". He pretended to cut his own throat and when he dropped the knife she followed him outside.

Mr Hadfield said that the woman collected some of her belongings and she went to stay with a friend. The next day she was treated at hospital for injuries to her hand. Wilson was arrested and he made no comment to any questions.

She said in a Victim Impact statement that he had been attempting to strangle her with both hands. She said that she did not want him to have any contact with her or her family.

Andrew Teate, defending, said that Wilson had finally made the link between alcohol and his offending. He had a four-year-old daughter and he had worked for three years as a computer engineer.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told Wilson:"From the pre-sentence report I read that you witnessed your mother being attacked by a your stepfather, so you saw the effect of domestic violence, a man attacking a woman, and yet you chose the same.

"You are an irrationally jealous and angry individual. Those who attack their partners, vulnerable women in their own homes, will be dealt with severely."

Wilson, of Mulgrave Road, Hartlepool, was jailed for 10 months after he pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm assault.

The judge also imposed a 10 year restraining order banning him from any contact with her or her family.