Leeds thug headbutted his ex partner as she changed baby's nappy when she refused to let him smoke crack cocaine in the house

A violent thug headbutted his ex partner as she changed their baby's nappy when she refused to let him smoke crack cocaine in her home.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 4:45 pm

In a separate attack Paul O'Donnell threw a roll of duct tape at the woman, causing a serious gash to her forehead.

O'Donnell was jailed for 11 months for subjecting the woman to domestic attacks.

Leeds Crown Court heard O'Donnell and the woman started a relationship in September 2019.

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Nicoleta Alistari, prosecuting, said the relationship was fraught from the beginning due to O'Donnell's use of drink and drugs.

He also made constant demands for money from her to fund his addiction.

The woman discovered she was pregnant in March last year and returned home to find O'Donnell drinking and smoking crack cocaine.

She became angry at her his behaviour and knocked his drink over.

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O'Donnell, of Clark Avenue, East End Park, pushed her to the ground and threw a roll of duct tape at her head.

She suffered a serious cut to the head and went to hospital with O'Donnell.

Ms Alistari said the woman told hospital staff she had fallen down some stairs.

The wound was stitched but she was left with scarring.

She ended the relationship after the attack but allowed O'Donnell to stay in her home as he had nowhere to go due to the pandemic.

O'Donnell continued to be aggressive and demanded money while staying at the property.

He also sent her a text message threatening to burn her house down.

The defendant was allowed to visit her home to see the baby after she gave birth.

On December 12 he went to the house and asked the woman if he could smoke crack cocaine in the property.

O'Donnell became aggressive when the mum told him he "could never do that".

He took the woman's phone and rang a drug dealer then attacked her, dragging her around the house and spitting at her.

The prosecutor said: "The complainant got up and was changing the baby's nappy when he headbutted her in the face."

O'Donnell left the house but was arrested after police were contacted.

He pleaded guilty to assault by beating and breach of a non-molestation order.

He has a previous conviction for robbery.

The mum provided a victim statement to the court describing how she is now in extreme debt because of the money O'Donnell had taken from her.

Caroline Abraham, prosecuting, said O'Donnell has a long-standing addiction to drugs.

Ms Abraham said her client was sorry for what he had done and is receiving help to address his offending while in custody.

Sentencing, Recorder Anesh Pema said O'Donnell had subjected the woman to "degrading" offences.

He said: "It is hard to think of a more difficult and unpleasant thing for her to endure."