Pregnant Leeds teenager attacked by her partner

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A pregnant teenager needed 30 stitches to a cut to her face after being subjected to savage attack by her boyfriend, a court heard.

Anthony Padgett carried out the attack on his 16-year-old partner after drinking and taking cocaine at a party.

Leeds Crown Court heard Padgett, 18, had been in a relationship for 10 months with the teenage victim and she was 15 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident, on August 13 this year.

The couple went to a party at Spalding Towers, Lincoln Green, Leeds, where Padgett began to drink and took the class A drug.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said: “At about 5.30pm he sat next to her on a sofa and told her their relationship was over.

“As far as she was concerned that came out of the blue and she left.

“He followed her and told her to come back. He then pushed her into a lamp post and she fell to the floor.”

Mr Smith said Padgett then continued to attack the victim but she was unable to clearly remember what happened to her.

He added: “She remembers bleeding from her face and feeling pain in her lip.”

The teenager needed 30 stitches to a cut to her mouth. She also had bite marks to her face and suffered cuts and grazes to her arms and legs.

The attack ended after other people at the party intervened.

The prosecutor said: “It seems that the defendant was then assaulted by people who saw what he was doing.”

Padgett, of Lindsey Mount, Lincoln Green, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard he has previous convictions for offences of violence, including an attack on a partner.

Padgett was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

He was also made the subject of a two-year supervision order and a six month curfew, between the hours of 7pm and 7am.

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC said: “I am satisfied that this was a sustained assault on a vulnerable victim.”

He added: “The reason why I am suspended it is because of your age.

“There are hopes that your behaviour can be dealt with from a prolonged period of supervision.”

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