A man repeatedly stamped on his girlfriend’s head before stabbing her several times when she tried to end their relationship due to his violent behaviour, a court heard.

Christopher Kemp flew into a rage when the woman told him she wanted him to move out of her Middlesbrough home after he called her a ‘slag’ following a night out.

The 43-year-old was told it was a ‘miracle’ he did not cause his victim more serious injuries as a result of the sustained, violent assault.

The thug also killed one of his victim’s dogs when he picked it up and threw against a wall, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Peter Sabiston, prosecuting, said the defendant forced his ex-partner to concoct a story when he took her to hospital but as soon as she was alone with medics, she told them the truth.

Kemp had already fled James Cook University Hospital when security staff came looking for him, the barrister added.

Describing the attack inside the hour, Mr Sabiston said: “He started stamping on her head. He told her ‘this is the last thing you are going to do’ and ‘you will not get out of this house’.

“She thought she was going to be killed.

“He went into the kitchen and came back with a 19-inch knife and he stabbed her over and over again.”

The court heard how Kemp then picked up a mop and repeatedly hit her around the head until it broke in half.

The woman suffered stab wounds to her face and chest and required hospital treatment for her injuries.

Mr Sabiston said the defendant had a history of domestic violence ranging back a number of years.

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Kemp, of Hartington Road, Stockton, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent following the assault on June 13 last year.

Robert Mochrie, mitigating, said his client had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction throughout his adult life and had ‘no recollection’ of the events that unfolded in his ex-partner’s home.

Recorder Nathan Adams branded Kemp a dangerous offender as he imposed a seven-year extended prison sentence – five-and-a-half years in custody before being released on an 18-month licence.

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“Your response was utterly excessive,” he said. “You stamped on her head; you took a knife from the kitchen and proceeded to stab her repeatedly.

“It is a miracle she was not more seriously hurt.

“You did not stop there. You then hit her with a mop and when a dog ran into the room you threw it so hard that it suffered fatal injuries.”

Kemp was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order to protect his victim.