A THUG has been jailed for three years for an attack on his ex-partner when he fractured her face in two places.
Kristofer Millward, 34, punched his former girlfriend Leanne Jenkins while her arms were held behind her and as she tried to escape through a window.
Teesside Crown Court heard how the attack started after love rival Stacey Richardson went round to confront Miss Jenkins at her home in Hartlepool over claims she said she wanted Richardson’s baby to die.
Miss Jenkins denied making the hurtful comment, and the two women grappled before being separated.
As Richardson was being escorted from the house, Miss Jenkins saw Millward attacking her Audi A4 in the street.
Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, said: “She ran towards the front door, at which point Millward entered and punched her to the face, connecting with her eyes and nose.
“Richardson appeared to be holding her arms and Millward continued to punch her to the face unguarded.”
Miss Jenkins managed to get free and tried to climb through a small window. But halfway through, Millward appeared in front of her and punched her in the face again before Miss Jenkins was pulled back inside.
Millward also kicked her on the chin as she was standing up.
Miss Jenkins was taken to hospital by ambulance where it was found she had a fracture of the nose and eye socket as well as bruising and swelling.
She has gone on to make a full recovery.
The court heard Miss Jenkins had left Millward in February and later applied for an injunction to keep him away from her.
But Rod Hunt, mitigating for Millward, said Miss Jenkins and Richardson had argued over Millward on Facebook.
Mr Hunt said: “Whatever the background, there are no excuses and he understands that.
“He has always known that he will be punished for this matter.
“This was not pre-meditated. It arose out of a domestic degree of turbulence.”
Millward, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage.
Judge George Moorhouse said: “You know yourself from your previous experience of these courts that offences of this kind are extremely serious, so serious as to justify a custodial sentence.”
Richardson, 30, of Earl Street, Hartlepool, admitted actual bodily harm and will be sentenced next month.