A violent thug who shared a sexually explicit video of his partner before repeatedly beating her up has ben locked up for his campaign of abuse.

Peter Hope used the woman’s own mobile phone to use Facebook to share the video with another woman.

The 44-year-old then carried out two brutal assaults on the woman when he was in a drunken rage, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Philip Morley, prosecuting, said the couple met online and initially the relationship was going well but turned descended into violence and abuse.

He said the defendant sent the sexually explicit video to another woman before his behaviour became physically abusive.

“They both had been drinking and she decided to go to bed first, the defendant came up shortly after and started pushing and shoving her.

“She ignored him and took a drink of water. He grabbed her hair and started shaking her head and started to punch her to the face.

“She tried to push him off and in his enraged state he started to spit blood at her after he cut his mouth.”

Mr Morley said the second assault took place a few months later after he started calling her a ‘****’ before punching her in the face, attempting to bite her on the chest and trying to do a flying kick on her after he threw her against the sofa.

The court heard how the woman’s daughter called the police after she heard the commotion downstairs.

Mr Morley said defendant then started sending abusive messages on Facebook and telling her to drop the charges against him.

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Hope, of Catherine Grove, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to sending offensive and indecent messages on social media, two charges of causing actual bodily harm and a further charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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Amrit Jandoo, mitigating, said his client now accepted how horrendous his behaviour had been during their relationship and how it was fuelled by his ‘excessive’ alcohol consumption.

He added: “They are appalling offences against this woman over a period of time in this relatively short-lived relationship.

“He now accepts that this was appalling behaviour.”

Recorder Aisha Wadoodi locked the defendant up for a total of 20 months for all offences.