Dale Anderson … repeatedly punched Victoria Sullivan, swung her by her hair and knelt on top of her during the prolonged assault.
The harrowing details of the assault only emerged because a member of the public witnessed what was happening through a window at the couple's home in Cobridge Road, Cobridge.If the name ‘Dale Anderson’ rings a bell, well, it should...
Judge David Fletcher told Anderson: "When you were arrested you told the officers in no uncertain terms that the case would go nowhere, and Miss Sullivan would not make a statement.
"She didn't have to, as this horrific assault was witnessed by a third party.
"This was unfortunate for you, but very fortunate for Miss Sullivan."Well, I don't know about that. It's not like his history can have been a mystery to her, surely?
Miss Sullivan, who has now split up with Anderson, suffered bruising but escaped serious injury. The court heard that Anderson had a previous conviction for domestic violence dating back to 2010.Mitigation must be...well, let's see:
Hamish Noble, mitigating, said the defendant now accepted what he had done, and was sorry for his actions.Riiiight...
Mr Noble said: "The pre-sentence report does not paint a particularly attractive picture. He was taken into care when he was 14, which had a detrimental effect on Mr Anderson."Not just on him, either.