Leeds thug kicked girlfriend in face after text messages row

Peter King.
Peter King.

A violent boyfriend broke his partner’s nose with a kick to the face then “bombarded” her with intimidating text messages after he was arrested.

Peter King turned violent towards the victim when she challenged him after finding text messages to his ex-girlfriend on his mobile phone.

King was jailed for two years, four months after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intimidation.

Leeds Crown Court heard King had lost his job as a senior claims analyst with Lloyds Bank as a result of the attack.

Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said the incident took place on December 18 last year after King and his partner had enjoyed a night out in Leeds city centre then went back to his home in Bramley.

The victim found the messages on King’s mobile phone while he was asleep and challenged him.

Mr Ahmed said the woman said she wanted to go home but King grabbed her by the throat.

He also put his hand over her mouth and throat but she managed to break free.

The attack continued outside the property where King kicked her in the face as she was sat on the kerbside.

He also ordered her to hand over money. She gave him £15 before running to a passer-by for help.

King, of Gamble Hill Close, Bramley, Leeds, was arrested but denied the attack.

He was released on bail but sent her 115 intimidating text messages over the next two months.

Michael Jowett, mitigating, said: “He has expressed that he is ashamed of himself.

“He knows that the way he acted in the way he did was a manifestation of his anxiety and depression.

“He was drunk and and was so violent towards that woman that she suffered immensely.”

Jailing King, judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You must go to prison so that others know that when you chose a vulnerable victim and then you proceed to carry out a prolonged physical assault, it will not be tolerated.”