Leeds man jailed over jealous jaw break attack

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A jealous ex-boyfriend who broke the jaw of his former girlfriend’s new partner has been sent to prison.

Daneiko Ferguson, 21, was locked up for 15 months over the “sustained and unprovoked attack” at a house in Gipton, Leeds.

Ferguson carried out the attack shortly after being released from a young offenders institution for a similar violent offence in which he broke a man’s jaw.

Leeds Crown Court heard Ferguson punched the victim repeatedly in the face during the attack at the house on Brander Road, Gipton. The victim had to have an operation to have metal plates inserted into his face. Adam Birkby, prosecuting, said Ferguson was released from custody in August last year and was told by his then partner that she did not want to be in a relationship with him any more.

Mr Birkby said Ferguson was then told that she was seeing someone else and “didn’t take it very well.”

The attack took place when Ferguson walked into the house at 5.30pm on November 27 and punched the victim repeatedly in the face in the kitchen. Ferguson continued to throw punches as the victim was on the sofa. The victim managed to get away from Ferguson and climbed over a garden fence to escape.

Ferguson then went to a Co-Op store where his ex-girlfriend worked and told her that he had to “batter” the victim. Ferguson, of Temple Avenue, Rothwell, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Ian Cook, mitigating, said: “The defendant fully accepts that he lost control of himself in a shocking fashion on that day. He does not seek to blame anyone else.” Mr Cook said Ferguson had been drinking before the incident. Judge Geoffrey Marson, said: “To break someone’s jaw is so serious that nothing other than immediate custody can be justified.”