Man kept partner prisoner and subjected her to brutal attack at her home in Leeds

Sean Hodgson.
Sean Hodgson.

A WOMAN was kept prisoner and subjected to six hours of repeated beatings by her partner on the day she had been to her mother’s funeral.

Sean Hodgson, 46, kicked, punched and pulled clumps of the victim’s hair out during the horrifying attack which took place in her own home in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim was moved to a women’s refuge after the incident but Hodgson made contact with her and attacked her again.

Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said the first attack took place in January this year after the victim had been in a relationship with Hodgson for six months.

On the day of the attack she had been to her mother’s funeral and Hodson turned violent when she returned from the wake to the property in Bramley.

Hodgson repeatedly asked where she had been and accused her of being with her ex-partner.

He then took her phone from her, locked the door and grabbed her hair.

Between midnight and 6am Hodgson kicked, stamped and punched the victim as he dragged her around the house by her hair before eventually leaving the house.

She suffered serious bruising to her head and body and was left with two black eyes.

The victim reported the attack and was moved to a refuge in Derbyshire until a home was found for her in the area.

Hodgson made contact with the woman and she allowed him to visit her.

Miss Pearson said: “She told police that she felt stupid for believing he had changed and giving him a chance.”

Hodgson attacked her again on June 9 after spending the day drinking. The court heard he grabbed her by the throat during the attack, which happened in front of her 10-year-old son.

Hodgson, of Chapel Lane, Bingley, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard he was jailed in 2008 for possession of an imitation firearm.

Rukshanda Hussain, for Hodgson, said he had not been taking his medicine for a mental disorder at the time of the attacks and he had made things worse by drinking.

Hodgson was jailed for three years.

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “What must have made this terrifying for this poor woman was that you locked the door, meaning she could not leave.

“She was extremely vulnerable.

“It was in her own home and you are a man who claims to love her. How you could do that is beyond me.”

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