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Man who hacked off girlfriend's hair with knife is jailed

Editorial Correspondent 1st Jun, 2018 Updated: 24th Sep, 2018

A man who subjected his girlfriend to a degrading attack during which he hacked off some of her hair with a kitchen knife has been jailed.

David John appeared at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to assaulting his victim at her Coventry home, causing her actual bodily harm.

John (28) of Hatchford Walk, Chelmsley Wood, was jailed for 16 months and made subject to a restraining order not to have any contact with her or go to her home in Canley, Coventry.

Prosecutor Philip Beardwell said John and the woman had been in a relationship for up to two years, but he had begun to be verbally aggressive toward her.

On the day of the incident in March they were visiting a friend in Glenrose Walk, Coventry, when an argument began between them, and John walked out.

She went for a walk to clear her head, and when she got back to her home she found John was already there and had chained the door from the inside.

He came to the door and accused her of cheating on him, then let her in, grabbed her by the hair and banged her head against the wall.

She went into her bedroom, but he followed her in with a kitchen knife which he used to cut off some of her hair – and as she tried to fight him off, her hand was also cut.

John then repeatedly smacked her to the head and face before she escaped and fled to the bathroom.

She was so upset that she self-harmed with a razor blade, only for John to shout at her to ‘do the job properly.’

Miss Pettigrew finally managed to get out and alert the police, but when he was arrested at the property, John tried to deny the assault.

Mr Beardwell pointed out that John had convictions for 30 offences, including beating other women.

Joy Adeniran, defending, said: “The defendant appreciates a custodial sentence is warranted in this case, but there are matters of mitigation which could allow Your Honour to suspend the sentence.

“He pleaded guilty to this, albeit on the day of trial.

“His offending began after being placed in care at the age of 11, which led to anger management issues.

“But he is very keen to address his offending, and while in prison has enrolled on an alcohol dependency course,” Miss Adeniran pointed out.

But jailing John, Recorder Sam Mainds told him: “Like most of the young men who appear in front of judges in this court, and in most other courts up and down the country, you had an unfortunate background.

“In your case, you are aware of those difficulties, and you are aware of the way it has affected your character – but you just carry on assaulting women.

“This was a particularly bad assault. It involved horrid degradation, cutting off her hair, and all of that in the home you shared with her at the time.”

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