A MAN who poured vodka and beer over his former partner in a ‘humiliating and degrading’ assault has been jailed.
Martin Jones, 41, of Victoria Crescent, Pontybodkin, near Mold, was described as controlling. He visited the woman in May and she told the court how his eyes looked “as if he had the Devil in him”.
He ended up pouring vodka and beer over her, slapping her, and he ripping her dress off her leaving her almost naked.
At one stage she feared she would be killed and even told him that if he was going to do it, then to do it quickly.
Flintshire Magistrates Court heard he started to question the mother-of-two about who had used the house and she believed from his questioning he had been watching her home.
Prosecutor Matthew Ellis said Jones accused her of having an affair – with a friend’s partner who had carried out painting and decorating work – before pouring a drink down her back.
He shouted and swore at her, calling her abusive names before pushing her out of the back door where she fell on the step. In the kitchen she begged him to leave her alone but he slapped her across the face with such force she fell to the floor.
She was crying and got into a crouched position, fearing further assault. But he pulled her hair with force and slapped the back of her head several times.
“I did not think he was going to stop,” she later told police.
He did stop and asked if they should order some food, she said no and asked him to leave.
But he “went mad again”.
She ran into the hallway and tried to get out of the front door but he would not let her leave. She tried to go upstairs but he dragged her down by her hair with her knees banging against the steps. The victim told how she was in a crouched position and thought he was going to kill her.
She even told him: “If you are going to kill me, do it quick.”
He accused her of having a man in the house, picked up a baby gate and threw it towards a radiator. She begged him to stop and slapped him to the face.
While she was sitting in the living room, he poured vodka and cans of beer over her.
She suffered from asthma and panic attacks and could not breathe. She was ‘quite terrified’.
The victim said he had opened the cans one by one and poured them onto her. As she tried to crawl onto the settee he ripped her dress off her.
He took a photo of her and a friend, ripped it up and tried to push it into her mouth.
He left her cold, wet and almost naked and grabbed her phone as he left. She suffered a black eye and bruises to her thigh, knees and upper arms.
Arrested and interviewed, he denied the assault and claimed he was in the pub at the time.
In a victim impact statement, she said the incident had left her feeling very nervous at night and fearing he would return to get her. Magistrates heard he had two assault convictions involving a previous partner.
Victoria Evans, defending, said Jones accepted it was an unpleasant incident and had pleaded guilty on the full facts on the day of trial, which meant she did not have to give evidence.
He accepted he behaved appallingly but fortunately the injuries were not significant. The couple had since properly separated.
Magistrates jailed him for 20 weeks and made a restraining order not to approach the victim or enter the street where she lives.
They said that the assault involved degradation and humiliation of the victim, taking place in the presence of a child.