Thug jailed for hitting partner for 30 minutes

editorial image

A thug who knocked out his ex-partner’s front two teeth in a ‘sustained attack’ said he assaulted her because his “head just popped” during an argument.

Alan Sharp punched the 34-year-old woman in the face ‘for 30 minutes’ after locking her in her home and leaving her ‘petrified to leave’.

Derby Crown Court heard how at one stage during the assault the victim screamed at Sharp ‘can you stop punching me in the face because my teeth have fallen out’.

Then she waited for him to fall asleep before she unlocked the door of her Ilkeston home and sat in a park for seven hours as she was “too afraid to go the hospital” in case her 43-year-old attacker came after her.

Jailing him for a total of 28 months, Recorder Mark Butterworth said: “You were drunk and attacked her, holding her down when she was trying to leave.

“You punched her in the face and the head, knocking out two of her front teeth, leaving them snapped at the gum. She was screaming, begging for you to stop, but you did not.”

The court was told that Sharp, of no fixed address, had a total of 37 convictions for 149 offences dating back to 1995. These included domestic violence and 44 counts of theft.

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said the attack took place at around 9pm on June 26.

He said: “The pair had been in a relationship for around four months when the incident took place.

“She said he had been in a niggly mood most of the day and he locked her in the house and became angry.

“He set about her while she was sat on the sofa. It was a sustained attack which she said lasted on and off for around 30 minutes. She screamed for him to stop.”

Sharp, who was traced to Manchester, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and theft.

Recorder Butterworth handed him a restraining order as well as the jail term.

Gregor Purcell, for Sharp, said: “He has firmly crossed the custodial threshold and he knows that he deserves that.