A man threw a boiling hot cup of tea over his disabled girlfriend before punching and kicking her in the head after an argument.
Darren Stead was jailed for three years and nine months yesterday over the attack on his partner of seven years at her home in Morley, Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard the victim suffered from cerebral palsy and was attacked in the presence of her 86-year-old mother.
David Bradshaw, prosecuting, said Stead carried out the attack on February 6 this year while he was the subject of a restraining order imposed after a previous attack on her.
Stead went into her home while she was watching TV with her mother and began making a cup of tea for himself.
Mr Bradshaw said Stead’s girlfriend became upset and an argument began before he threw the contents of the teacup over her.
She was left in shock when the scolding liquid landed on her shoulder area.
Stead then punched her to the head before knocking her to the floor then kicking her twice in the head.
The woman, described in court as a vulnerable victim, was taken to hospital by ambulance. She was allowed home the next day after receiving treatment.
Stead, of Simmons Court, Gipton, Leeds, was arrested after the attack and told police he attacked her after he “lost it”.
He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The court heard the victim had been badly affected by the attack and her mother was also left shocked. Stead told a probation officer after the incident that he felt the use of violence against his partner was justified.
The court heard Stead has learning difficulties. Recorder Christopher Attwooll said: “One of the most disturbing parts of this case is that it seems you feel justified in using violence.”