Jealous drunk left his ex with brain damage

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A JEALOUS drunk broke into his former girlfriend’s flat and launched a brutal and sustained attack which left her with a brain injury.

Matthew Brown smashed a window at Jodie Smith’s first-floor flat where she was with Kieron Howe, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Mr Howe fled the flat and Brown, 25, forced his way in and attacked Miss Smith, 20, who had dialled 999.

The court heard Brown repeatedly punched and kicked her in an assault so violent it left her with a fractured skull, bruising to the brain, a suspected broken jaw and cracked teeth.

He later told police: “I lost it. I kicked her in the head. She was seeing a mate behind my back.”

A Leeds Crown Court judge sentenced Brown to an indeterminate sentence for the public protection after hearing he had attacked two previous ex-girlfriends.

Brown, of Kilpin Hall Lane, Dewsbury, will not be eligible to apply for parole for six years and will only be released when he is no longer deemed a danger to the public.

Prosecutor, Robert Galley said Brown had only been going out with Miss Smith for around a week when she decided to break off their relationship.

Brown, who admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, had been out drinking with Miss Smith, her sister and Mr Howe before the early-hours attack at Miss Smith’s flat in Dewsbury in March.

Police discovered Miss Smith face down and apparently unconscious on the bed, with blood pouring from her left ear.

Mr Galley said Brown told officers he was drunk, adding: “I kept hitting her over and over again.”

Brown’s lawyer Warner Falk said: “The defendant considered he was being taunted and provoked and being made a fool of.”

Miss Smith told police in a victim impact statement how she felt she had lost control of her life and has trouble sleeping.

Jailing Brown, Judge Kerry Macgill told him: “You have referred to the fact you were being taken, as you used the phrase, as a muppet.

“You assaulted a defenceless woman. She was kicked and assaulted in a sustained attack when you were in a jealous drink-fuelled rage.”

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