Boyfriend jailed for Valentine’s Day attack on partner at Leeds home

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A VIOLENT boyfriend has been jailed over an horrific drunken Valentine’s Day attack on his partner during which she thought she was going to die.

Sean Stanton repeatedly punched and kicked his partner of 11 years until she was coughing up blood and begging him to stop the attack which took place at her home in Belle Isle, Leeds.

Stanton, 38, also poured cold water over the woman during the sustained violence which only ended when police were called by neighbours. Leeds Crown Court heard Stanton and the woman had gone out for a drink together to the Broadway pub in Beeston. They rowed and Stanton was later involved in a dispute with two other men and was physically attacked. Stanton went to hospital for treatment but then returned to the victim’s home and attacked her as she was in bed.

Georgina Coade, prosecuting, said Stanton punched and kicked her repeatedly to the head, face and ribs.

She begged him to call an ambulance during the assault as she feared she was going to be killed. Part of the attack was witnessed by the victim’s disabled daughter.

Neighbours heard the attack and called the police. The woman told officers: “I let him in because I’m scared to death of him and he beat me up. I thought he was going to kill me.” The court heard she was struggling to speak because her injuries were so severe.

She suffered a fractured eye socket and ribs.

Stanton, of Sunroyd Avenue, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for two years.

Natalie Banks, mitigating, said the attack took place at a time when he was drinking heavily every day. She said Stanton was sorry and accepted that he would be facing a prison sentence.

Recorder Ray Singh said: “This was gratuitous unprovoked violence towards her by you.”

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