Violent Leeds thug hit partner with pint glass during Valentine's Day celebrations

Roger Fitzsimmonds
Roger Fitzsimmonds

A man hit his partner over the head with a pint glass and kicked and punched her repeatedly when he turned violent after they fell out as they celebrated Valentine’s Day.

Roger Fitzsimmonds, 46, was locked up for two and a half years over the violent attack at his home in Hunslet, Leeds. Leeds Crown Court heard Fitzsimmonds hit her on the head with a glass before punching her in the mouth, causing her lip to burst open.

Fitzsimmonds, who had been drinking brandy and smoking cannabis, jumped on the victim’s ankle as she was on the ground.

Nicoleta Alistari, prosecuting, said the woman heard a snapping sound and feared her ankle had been broken.

Fitzsimmonds then tried to hit her over the head with a wine glass. She cut her finger as she tried to defend herself.

She was unable to walk but managed to drag her herself to the toilet. Fitzsimmonds then dragged her off the toilet by her hair and kicked her repeatedly to the back.

The victim was treated in hospital for a badly bruised ankle and cuts to her head.

Fitzsimmonds, of Hemingway Garth, Hunslet, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Stephen Welford, mitigating, said the couple had been in a turbulent relationship for a number of years but were no longer together.

He said the incident happened as they spent the weekend together celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Recorder Mark McKone: “I regard this as a case of particular gravity because you used different weapons and intended to cause her more harm.”