Prison release boyfriend whipped partner with dog lead and made death threat

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A violent boyfriend whipped his partner with a dog lead and threatened to slit her throat in an attack on the day he was released from prison.

Nathan Watts carried out the attack hours after being released from custody from a sentence imposed from an earlier attack on the same woman.

Watts, 33, walked into the victim’s home in the College Grove area of Wakefield on April 30 year as she was watching television.

Joanne Shepherd, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court Watts punched the woman on the nose and knocked her to the floor. He then straddled her and held his hands around her throat.

Miss Shepherd said: “She was struggling for breath and thought she was going to pass out.

The defendant said he was going to stab her and kill her.” Watts then got hold of a steak knife and held it to her throat before making threats. He punched her repeatedly in the face and bit her on the wrist, causing her to bleed. The prosecutor described how Watts then picked up a metal dog lead and started whipping her around the head and arms.

Watts ordered the victim to wash blood out of her hair and told her he had given her the beating because she had not met him from prison. Watts then made his victim put on a baseball cap and go with him for a walk.

The woman went into a shop to buy tobacco while the were out walking and told an assistant to contact police as her partner had beaten her up.

Miss Shepherd said: “Whilst in the park she told the defendant she was scared of him and could not take any more. Police attended and arrested him.”

Watts, of Back Hatfeild Street, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Judge James Spencer, QC, jailed Watts for three years and fours months. He said: “It was a savage assault. It was prolonged. You used a weapon. You kicked her and you slapped her and you punched her. She is a woman and you are a man. It was cowardly.”

For help or advice in connection to domestic violence visit or call the service on 0113 246 0401.

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