Roundhay man's long term friend feared he would kill her during drunken attack Leeds Crown Court told

A Leeds man who attacked his long term friend and her mother has been jailed.

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 6:00 am

Andrew Bottomley, of Roundhay Mount, Roundhay, was drunk when he assaulted the two women, Leeds Crown Court was told.

He turned up at their home at around 8.30pm on August 3 and attacked his long term friend in a bedroom.

The court heard 48-year-old Bottomley punched the woman five or six times to the head before grabbing her by her hair and pulling her to the floor.

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Jailing Bottomley for eight months, Judge Penelope Belcher told him: "When she was on the floor you kicked her two or three times to the head."

The court heard the woman's mother was terrified and Bottomley pushed her on to the bed, causing swelling to her left temple.

Bottomley then went to get a hammer and held it over his head in a threatening manner, but didn't use it as a weapon.

Bottomley's first victim suffered swelling to her face and a black eye along with cuts to her face.

Judge Belcher said: "She was shaken and was very scared that you would kill her."

The court head Bottomley was angry and resisted arrest after police arrived.

He refused to go into the police van and kicked out at officers and banged on the inside of the cage in the van.

Police found a small amount of cannabis in Bottomley's pocket.

Bottomley admitted assault causing harm to his first victim, assaulting her mother, resisting arrest and possessing a class B drug in connection with the cannabis.

He has previous convictions for offences including criminal damage, racially and religiously motivated harassment, assault and battery.

Robin Frieze, mitigating, said Bottomley has been treated for anxiety and depression and at one point was an inpatient at The Becklin centre in Leeds.

Mr Frieze said: "He is deeply sorry for hurting somebody he cares for deeply and who has had a long friendship with.

"There is no suggestion that during their very long relationship he has ever been violent to her in the past."

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