Man broke into ex-partner's Hartlepool home at night and assaulted her in front of children
A man broke into his ex-partner’s Hartlepool home in the early hours of the morning and assaulted her in front of her two children.
The woman awoke to find Carl Jones, who had been on a three day drink and drugs binge, in her bedroom and hit her multiple times.
He also said he was prepared to ‘do time’ and threatened to kill her when he was released.
Teesside Crown Court heard Jones, 32, kicked the woman’s front door in after she stopped taking his phone calls when he demanded to know who else was in the property with her.
Martin Towers, prosecuting, said: “At 1.45am she woke up and found the defendant in her bedroom shouting at her ‘why aren’t you answering your phone?’
"He started to hit her with his right hand. She estimates about 15 times. All the blows to her head and face.
"There were young children present during the incident.”
The court heard the woman’s daughter saw the assault and screamed while her son tried to intervene shouting at Jones to “get off her”.
Describing Jones’ menacing threat, Mr Towers added: “He said ‘I will go to jail and do time and when I get out I’m going to murder you so be careful.’
"She says she fully believes he would be capable of that.”
He eventually left after his ex partner phoned her brother but Jones took her phone with him.
He admitted burglary with violence from January 9 and breaching a non-molestation court order to stopping him from contacting or harassing her.
Christine Egerton, mitigating, said Jones was drunk at the time and had taken cocaine.
She said he had sought help himself late last year.
In a letter to the judge, Jones said he was sincerely sorry for all the pain and stress he had caused his ex partner.
He said: “I was really in a dark and bad place at the time with drink and drugs and I wasn’t my normal self.
"I’ve been in prison three months now and it’s totally shocked me and made me realise this is not the life I want to live.”
Recorder David Brooke said it was a “very serious offence indeed” and jailed Jones, of Bodmin Grove, Hartlepool for 30 months.