Dad jailed after facebook message

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A NEW dad who fractured his ex-partner’s skull before making her corrupt her evidence by lying on a social networking website has been jailed.

Daniel Thompson, 22, kicked, punched and spat at his former girlfriend Nicole Ellerby during a blazing row that also saw him pick up a knife, throw plates and drag her by the hair.

The terrified 21-year-old was left with a fractured skull and claimed medics told her she was “lucky to be alive”.

The shocking details first came out during a trial but that suddenly collapsed when Thompson made Miss Ellerby post a message on Facebook saying she had lied about what had happened only hours after she had given evidence in court.

Thompson, of Tower Street, Hartlepool, eventually admitted the charge of inflicting grievious bodily harm on April 12, last year, and a new offence of perverting the course of justice on December 22 for the message.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison yesterday at Teesside Crown Court, which heard that he and Miss Ellerby became parents of twins in March after they “briefly” got back together following the attack.

Police had been called to Thompson’s former home in Baden Street, Hartlepool, after an argument broke out between the couple over an iron.

She had locked herself in the bathroom but Thompson kicked the door through and began to attack her.

The assault moved on to the kitchen where Miss Ellerby threatened to kill herself and picked up a knife, but Thompson grabbed it off her while making threats. They then threw plates at each other.

As the scuffle moved into the front room, Miss Ellerby threw Thompson’s phone at a wall, sparking him into another frenzy.

Sue Jacobs, prosecuting, said: “He grabbed her and pulled her along the floor by her hair, punching, kicking and biting her.

“She then told lies to the police officer saying it was only a verbal argument and didn’t want him to go to prison.”

But later that day she felt unwell and went to hospital where a scan showed her skull was fractured.

Mrs Jacobs added: “When asked in court what injuries she suffered, she said ‘bruising, swelling and a head injury, and the doctor said I’m lucky to be alive.”

Thompson originally denied the offence and went to trial but it came to a sudden halt when he contacted Miss Ellerby saying he was “facing up to six years” and needed her to lie before coming up with the idea that she put a message on Facebook.

Adrian Dent, mitigating, said: “To say his relationship with the complainant is difficult and complicated is really an understatement. He says what he did physically and later trying to get her to change her evidence was very wrong and through me he apologises to the court.

“There was an element of mutual combat. He never believed there would be an injury as serious as what was sustained.”