Violent partner used key to cut girlfriend’s leg

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A violent thug used a key to inflict a scar on his partner’s leg and bit her during another attack, a court heard.

Tyrone Dawson was jailed yesterday over two “alarming” attacks on his then girlfriend.

In one incident he chased her down the street and bit her in public after she fled from him and tried to summon help when he hit her in the face.

Leeds Crown Court heard Dawson would get sexual pleasure from the attacks on his partner, whose body was left covered in bruises and scars from repeated violence.

Dawson, 27, was jailed for 58 weeks yesterday after he pleaded guilty to two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard Dawson, of Briarmains Road, Birstall, had previous convictions for violence against women, including one for punching a former girlfriend in the stomach when she was pregnant. Marie Austin-Walsh, prosecuting, said the first attack happened in July last year after Dawson had taken drugs.

He grabbed the victim by the hair, spat in her face and demanded to know where she had been. Dawson then took a key out of his pocket and ran it down her shin, causing a wound which has left permanent scarring.

The victim told police that Dawson “always got aroused” after hurting her. The second attack happened on September 19 after the woman told Dawson she was leaving him as she could no longer stand his behaviour. Dawson hit her across the face but she managed to get out of the house and ran for help.

She went to a house on Leeds Road, Birstall, and knocked on the door but Dawson caught up with her and attacked her in the garden. He bit her on the leg during the assault.

After reporting the incident to police, the victim told officers: “My body is covered with bruises and scars. Tyrone is unpredictable. I’m not going back into that relationship.”

Anastasis Tassou, asked Recorder Lindy Armitage to impose a community sentence so Dawson could receive treatment to address his offending behaviour.

Jailing him, Recorder Armitage said: “Your pre-sentence report is an alarming document. I take the view that you represent a danger to this lady and represent a risk of harm to the public.”

He was also made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim.

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