A drug addict who launched a sustained and brutal attack on a woman in the early hours of the morning as she tended to her horses has been jailed.

Liam Shone jumped in the woman’s car while it was parked in an isolated area but when she told him to get out, he punched her to the ground and jumped on top of her to continue the assault.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the woman was rescued by police officers who just happened to be passing the scene on the outskirts of Eston, near Middlesbrough, when the attack happened.

Rachel Butt, prosecuting, told the judge how the woman was left battered and bruised following the attack on July 8 this year.

She said the victim saw him get into her car and tried to get him out but was only successful in retrieving her dog from her vehicle.

“She started to walk away but her started to punch her,” she said. “The defendant continued to assault by jumping on top of her as she was on the ground.

“She said she could taste blood in her mouth and began to panic that the defendant would not stop assaulting her.”

In a victim impact statement, the woman said the attack had left her feeling anxious and hyper-vigilant whenever she went to see her horses and when she was inside her own home.

Miss Butt said defendant had a lengthy record with 58 convictions for 116 offences, including ones of violence.

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Shone, of Hewley Street, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he was arrested at the scene.

John Nixon, mitigating, said: “He is both horrified and disgusted that he could have offended in this way.

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“He was utterly shocked at what he had done and what he had done was done under the influence of drink and drugs – which aggravates the offence. He has no recollection of it.”

Recorder Thomas Moran told Shone he had carried out an ‘appalling’ attack on the woman as he jailed him for 26 months after the victim was left feeling ‘anxious within the confines of her own home’.

He added: “You punched her to face repeatedly, got on top of her and continued to attack her while she was on the floor. She suffered significant injury to her lip.”

Shone was also made subject of a ten-year restraining order to keep him away from the woman and the stables.