Attacker broke woman’s jaw

A THUG who smashed a woman’s jaw and took part in a house burglary has been locked up for the first time.

Carl Parvin, 22, who is deaf, was jailed for two years at Teesside Crown Court after a judge said he had used up all his previous chances.

The court heard how he lashed out at the victim, Penny Hull, a friend of his girlfriend during a late-night argument.

She had to have two metal plates inserted in her jaw because of the seriousness of her injury.

The argument happened in the early hours of February 1 last year when Parvin’s girlfriend Amy Cawley and her friend, Miss Hull, returned home after a night out.

Paul Rowland, prosecuting, said Parvin, who had been in bed was angry and began arguing with Miss Cawley when Miss Hull intervened.

He said: “The defendant firstly spat at Miss Cawley and then at Miss Hull.

“Miss Hull spat back then struck him once or twice.

“He responded by punching her in the jaw.

“That blow was forceful. It caused her significant pain and bleeding. A tooth was also loose.”

Parvin, who has a series of crimes on his record including attempted burglary and assault, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

He also admitted a house burglary in Goldsmith Avenue, Hartlepool, on October 6 last year where a 37-inch plasma TV was stolen while the homeowner was out.

Parvin denied it to police, but confessed after they matched up his trainers with a footprint found on the front door of the house.

Referring to the jaw break, Paul Cleasby, mitigating, said: “There’s no question he hit her too hard.

“He shouldn’t have done it and very much regrets losing his temper. It was a single blow and there was no further violence.”

Mr Cleasby admitted the burglary was “mean”, but said there was no ransacking or confrontation with the victim.

He added prison would be harder for Parvin than anyone else because of his deafness.

Parvin, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, was jailed for 16 months.

Recorder Stuart Brown QC said: “I realise the particular problems that a prison sentence has given your hearing difficulties.

“That said, both these matters are serious.”