A thug who battered his girlfriend to the back of the head with an ashtray before smashing her house up on Christmas Day has been locked up.

Jonathan Blyth had spent the day drinking before exploding into violence after becoming increasingly maudlin about not spending the day with his children.

Teesside Crown Court heard how his now ex-girlfriend asked him to leave her home but the 35-year-old refused before becoming increasingly aggressive.

Jenny Haigh, prosecuting, said: “As he drank, he became upset about his past relationship and missing his children and was somewhat maudlin.

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“He had been talking to the mother of his children and he was getting upset.”

The court heard how the woman asked him to leave her home but he refused.

Miss Haigh added: “He pinned her down but she thought he was joking at first but it lasted for five minutes. She managed to call a friend who came to the house as she couldn’t get him to leave.

“He picked up a table leg and threw it at a window – her friend told him that he really needed to get out.

“The defendant then picked up a glass object being used as an ashtray and hit her to the back of the head. She required four stitches to heal the wound.”

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The 35-year-old, of Coris Close, Marton, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and criminal damage after he attacked his partner on Christmas Day, 2021.

Tom Bennett, mitigating, said his client had been struggling with his mental health and was missing his own children on Christmas Day but accepted that was no excuse for his behaviour.

Recorder David Brooke KC jailed Blyth for 14 months for the violent attack on his partner.

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He added: “You had got drunk on the particular day, it was an extended incident in this woman’s house and you continued to be aggressive with her when she was vulnerable.

“You hit her round the back of her head with a glass object and left her with a cut to the head.

“You then smashed up the room you were in and I have seen the pictures of the damage you caused.”

Blyth was also made subject to a five-year restraining order to protect the woman.