Former rugby pro jailed over attack on partner in Leeds

Damien Reid.
Damien Reid.
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A FORMER rugby league professional has been jailed for an attack on his partner in which he punched her repeatedly in the face.

A court heard Reid, 30, dragged the victim out of bed by her hair after she refused his advances before hitting her several times in the face.

Prosecutor Bashir Ahmed told Leeds Crown Court: “She felt immense pain from her hair being pulled out and her teeth cracked.

“She thought she was going to pass out.”

The woman managed to run downstairs and climbed out of a kitchen window to escape the property as she feared further violence.

She then ran to a neighbour’s house and police were contacted.

Reid, who has played as a centre for a number of rugby league clubs including Widnes, Salford, Sheffield, Hunslet and Castleford, then went into a child’s bedroom next door and began smashing items.

He threw a TV set which hit a 10-year-old boy who was in the room and caused bruising to the youngster’s fingers.

Reid, of Woodside Court, Horsforth, Leeds, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard he has previous convictions for violence and served a prison sentence for wounding in 2008.

Mr Ahmed said: “It was a sustained and repeated assault.”

Adrian Pollard, mitigating, said Reid and the victim had been in a relationship for a number of years but were living apart at the time of the attack.

He said the pair had been trying to repair their relationship but now realised that it was over.

Mr Pollard said much of Reid’s offending was linked to alcohol and he has made efforts to address his behaviour since the offence, which took place on February 10 this year. Referring to the attack, the lawyer said: “It is shameful. There is no other word for it. There is nothing I can say to make it any better.”

Jailing Reid, judge Christopher Batty said: “What a sad day today is. Once upon a time you were a promising rugby league player. You had the world at your feet. And here you are now - in court for your fourth appearance for violence.”.

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