A drunken man who viciously kicked and stamped on his partner's head during a violent attack in the street has been locked up.

A passer-by intervened when he saw Liam Hannah delivering the sickening blows while the woman was prone on the ground.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the 33-year-old had a history of domestic violence before carrying out the brutal attack on January 6 last year.

Cainan Lonsdale, prosecuting, said: “The witness saw him kick her to the head and stamp on her. He walked towards them and shouted for him to stop.

“When he got to them, he got between them. The defendant walked away, shouting, before he threw a bottle at the woman – it is not clear whether it hit her or not.

“He returned and kicked her twice more while she was on the floor.”

Mr Lonsdale said the woman didn’t fully cooperate with the police and didn’t provide a victim impact statement.

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Hannah, of Langthwaite Walk, Redcar, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

John Nixon, mitigating, said his client is still in a relationship with the woman and he had received a message of support from her brother before he appeared in court.

He said: “He fully accepts that this happened. It is a serious matter but it could have been worse.”

Judge Jonathan Carroll locked Hannah up for 14 months for the violent attack.

“The witness gives a clear account of coming upon you involved in your assault on your then partner,” he said.

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“Whatever had happened beforehand, you were beating her while she was on the floor. The witness saw you kicking her and stamping on her head multiple times.

“Clearly drink is a significant issue for you.”

He added: “It is there but for the grace of god that there was not a death or more serious injuries. The level of risk of harm was very substantial.

“Your problem with domestic violence is becoming established and what you need to understand is that violence against a person will result in immediate prison.”