Leeds thug jailed for attack on girlfriend

A thug who kicked his girlfriend in the face in a 'moment of madness' – breaking her jaw in two places – has been jailed for four years.

Julian Sealey was angry that girlfriend Kelly Twist wanted to split with him, Leeds Crown Court heard.

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Sealey, 25, of Levens Garth, Halton Moor, attacked her in the car park of the Wykebeck Arms in Halton in August 2009 after failing to persuade her take him back.

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The court heard Sealey and Miss Twist later made up and are still together.

Jailing Sealey for four years, Judge Scott Wolstenholme told him: "You had a fall-out with your girlfriend with whom you have been living for some time.

"You met up with her in the car park and hoped to persuade her to return to you. When she made it clear that wasn't going to happen, you lost your temper.

"In losing your temper you acted quite deliberately in inflicting a dreadful injury.

"You stepped back and delivered a kick to her jaw. It felled her to the ground and broke her jaw in two places. Although this was a moment of madness it was a deliberate inflicting of very serious violence on your girlfriend."

Judge Wolstenholme added: "Everything I have read about you shows you are a thoroughly hard-working, decent man. I know you and your partner are in love with each other and have forgiven each other.

"Police have been called out to your house four times since this incident. It does indicate you have problems with temper in an intimate relationship."

The court heard when he was 17, Sealey broke a man's jaw during a

violent football match after he (Sealey) was subjected to racial abuse from opposition players and fans.

Graham Parkin, for Sealey said: "It's a very sad case and a very tragic one in terms of the effect it will have, not only on this defendant but his partner, who was most anxious the case did not proceed. The matter has been hanging over him and his girlfriend since August 2009."

Sealey had admitted grievous bodily harm but denied causing grievous bodily ham with intent.

A Leeds Crown Court jury convicted him of the more serious charge after a trial.

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