Partner hit with vacuum in attack

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A violent boyfriend hit his partner over the head with a vacuum cleaner during a sustained attack which lasted for more than an hour, a court heard.

Kabir Rao, 32, also punched and kicked the victim during the assault which left her needed stitches to a cut to her head.

Rao turned violent towards his partner of two years after they had been for a night out at a pub near their home in Rodley, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard the couple had been asked to leave the pub because of Rao’s “boisterous” behaviour. When they returned home Rao’s mood changed and he became aggressive.

Stephanie Hancock, mitigating, said Rao hit her to the side of the head with a vacuum. He then punched and kicked her before pulling her around the kitchen by her hair. The victim’s nine-year-old daughter witnessed part of the assault.

Rao was arrested after neighbours contacted the police. He claimed the victim was responsible for causing the injuries. He later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Marlon Grossman, mitigating, said Rao was sorry and had behaved out of character. He said Rao, now of Towngate, Bradford, had anger management problems and had stopped drinking since the incident, on January 27 this year.

The court heard the relationship was now over. Rao was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to take part in a 30-day activity requirement and to pay £300 compensation and £200 court costs. Rao was made the subject of a restraining order banning him from approaching the victim or her home.

Recorder Graham Cook said: “This was a sustained attack that went on for an hour.”