Violent thug punched his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the face after forcing his way into her home in the middle of the night

A violent offender forced his way into his pregnant ex-partner's home in the middle of the night and punched her in the face.

Saturday, 5th December 2020, 4:45 pm

Kyle Wales smashed a door and threw a wheelie bin at the victim's house during the attack on November 1 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Wales was the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim or going to her home in Castleford when he carried out the offending.

Wales, 28, was jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to common assault, criminal damage and breach of a restraining order.

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Leeds Crown Court

Laura Addy, prosecuting, said Wales and the victim started a relationship around a year ago but it broke down after he became violent and controlling towards her.

The woman managed to obtain a restraining order after he smashed a door and a window at her home on a previous occasion.

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The woman, who was 18 weeks pregnant at the time with Wales' child, heard banging on the front door and window.

Wales demanded to be let into the property and accusing her of being with another man.

The prosecutor said the woman decided to let Wales into the house so he could see no one was there in the hope that he would then leave.

She noticed a crack on the window of the front door as she went to let her former partner inside.

Wales punched the woman in the face as soon as she opened the door and she fell backwards onto the stairs.

The defendant appeared to be under the influence of drugs and began punching himself to the head.

The victim contacted a neighbour for help and Wales threw a wheelie bin at the house as he left.

Wales was arrested five days later at Leeds General Infirmary when he turned up at the hospital for treatment to injuries sustained in a separate incident.

The court heard Wales, of Barnes Road, Castleford, has a long criminal record for violence, including wounding and attempted robbery.

Andrea Parnham, mitigating, said Wales wished to apologise to the victim and to members of his family for letting them down.

Ms Parnham said Wales pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage and accepted that his relationship with the victim is now over.

The barrister said the only contact he would have with her in the future would be in relation to their child.

Sentencing, Jude Neil Clark said: "You have acquired a truly shocking record."