Violent dad spat at baby then stabbed his partner with a pair of scissors after accusing her of cheating on him

An abusive partner stabbed the mother of his children with scissors and spat at their baby after accusing her of cheating on him.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 6:00 am

In a separate attack, Adam Armitage deliberately aimed a punch at the woman's stomach months after she had given birth by C-section.

Armitage was jailed for 20 months over the attack on the woman at her home in Birstall on April 12 this year and an assault at a nightclub on January 11.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 27-year-old punched the victim in the stomach while they were out celebrating her birthday in a nightclub - just over two months after she had given birth.

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Adam Armitage was jailed for 20 months for attacking his partner with a pair of scissors.

Andrew Stranex, prosecuting, said the assaults were committed against a background of 'demanding and controlling behaviour'.

Mr Stranex said the defendant subject the woman to a violent attack three months later in the presence of the baby.

The prosecutor said: "He spat at the child and accused the complainant of sleeping with someone else - resulting in that child."

Armitage used scissors to scratch a window before attacking her with the weapon.

He caused a puncture wound to her leg during the assault.

Armitage then pulled the victim to the floor, punched her to the head and body and pulled her hair as she begged him to stop.

The woman reported the attack to police a week later.

The court was told the woman felt the assaults had made her depression worse.

Armitage, of Bankfield Road, Huddersfield made no comment when interviewed by police.

He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

Anastasis Tasou, mitigating, said a combination of factors including jealousy had led to Armitage's behaviour

Mr Tasou said Armitage had been on medication for ADHD but stopped taking it at the age of 18.

He said also Armitage, of Bankfield Road near Huddersfield town centre, had regularly taken medication for attention deficit disorder between the ages of five to 18.

Sentencing, Judge Neil Clark said: "This is so very serious, particularly given the use of a weapon to stab somebody.

"Only an immediate sentence of custody can be justified for that sort of thing."