Man hit girlfriend over head with bottle in Valentine’s Day attack at Leeds pub



A man who broke a bottle over his partner’s head as he attacked her in a Leeds city centre pub on Valentine’s Day has been sent to prison.

Peter Henry subjected the woman to the assault in the Hedley Verity, on Woodhouse Lane, just a week after he had been arrested for a street attack on her.

Leeds Crown Court heard a neighbour contacted police on February 6 this year after seeing Henry kick the woman three times as she lay on the ground screaming.

Officers went to the victim’s home in Leeds and witnessed Henry, 27, punching the woman repeatedly to the head when they looked through the window.

The woman refused to let police into the house.

Just two days before that incident magistrates had given Henry a conditional discharge for carrying out criminal damage at the property.

He was also the subject of a suspended prison sentence.

Henry was arrested and released on bail awaiting sentence but the couple went out together to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Alisha Kaye, prosecuting, said the couple could be seen on the pub’s CCTV system having a heated argument before she threw the contents of her glass over him.

Henry them hit her over the head with the bottle before striking her again.

Henry then ran from the pub. Police were called but the woman refused to make a statement about the attack.

When Henrey was arrested and interviewed he said he could not remember the attack because he was so drunk.

When asked about the earlier attack he again said he had no recollection as the couple had shared a bottle of vodka.

Henry, of West Busk Lane, Otley, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault.

He has previous convictions for attempted robbery and criminal damage.

Anthony Sugare, mitigating, said: “There is a lot of things going against the defendant and not a lot going for him.”

Mr Sugare said Henry had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage had had been attending a “thinking skills programme” to address his behaviour.

Henry was sent to prison for 12 months.

Recorder Nigel Sangster, QC, said: “You are a violent man and in the view of the probation officer you pose a danger to your partner.

“Those who disregard the orders of the court get only one chance. I have no alternative but to send you to prison today.”