A Hucknall man pinned down his ex-girlfriend on a bed in her home and threatened to kill her, Nottingham Magistrates’ Court was told.
The attack woke the mum’s four children, all aged under nine, who yelled at the man ‘get off mummy, get off mummy’.
The 28-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the identity of the youngsters, was handed a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for a year.
A restraining order was placed on him, banning him from contacting the former partner and visiting her home or the school and nursery that the children go to. He was also ordered to go on a domestic abuse course.
Lynn Ghani, prosecuting, told the court the attack took place on Sunday 3rd March, four days after the man had been released from prison for breaching a previous restraining order banning contact with the mum.
“They had had a four-year, on-off relationship, but split up a year ago owing to a history of domestic abuse,” said Mrs Ghani.
“She made previous complaints to the police and social services but was too frightened and intimidated by the man to go through with them.”
This time, he visited her home where she lives with her four children, two of whom are also his, and he accused her of ‘sleeping with his mates and lots of others’.
“When he asked her to leave, he had her in a headlock and pulled her hair so hard that she bit him on the arm and fingers so that he let go,” Mrs Ghani went on.
“But he bit her on the left shoulder. Screaming, she fell on the bed and he lay on top of her, putting his hand on her mouth and pinning her down.
“She was so frightened because he told her he was going to kill her if he saw her with her ex again.”
The scuffling lasted 45 minutes, said Miss Ghani, and alerted a next-door neighbour, who said the ‘noise was horrendous’.
“She could hear the children screaming, which was so distressing. When she went round to the house, she found the mum sobbing, anxious and scared.”
The mum’s injuries included brusies, cuts, scratches, a swollen lip and a bite mark.
In a statement after the attack, she said she kept getting flashbacks and migraines and could no longer sleep properly or go out without looking over her shoulder. She felt her ex-boyfriend was a danger to her and to the children.
The man initially pleaded not guilty to assault but was found guilty after a trial.