A CONTROLLING bully jailed for battering his girlfriend, holding a knife to her face and threatening to burn off her hair bragged he would be out by Christmas.
Kieran Gray attacked Danielle Webb at her home in The Anchorage, Gosport, after a row.
He broke her two front teeth and cut her head during the sustained assault.
At one point he pressed a knife under her right eye and said: ‘I don’t know why you make me do this.’
Gray, 22, then grabbed the mum-of-one’s ponytail and held a lighter to her hair.
Miss Webb begged him to stop but Gray carried on punching her. When she wouldn’t stop crying he smashed her over the head with a metal alarm clock, leaving her pouring with blood.
After the attack, in January, Gray went on the run and he was found weeks later, hiding in the loft of a friend’s house.
At Portsmouth Crown Court, he was jailed for 16 months.
But because he has been in custody since the attack he could be out by November.
Gray turned to his mother who was in court and with a smile, said: ‘I’ll be out by Christmas.’
In jailing him Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘You were at the time bullying and controlling your then partner.
‘A serious injury was caused to the teeth of your victim.
‘It was a sustained attack using not just fists but also threatening her with a knife and lighter and hitting her with an alarm clock.
‘It goes without saying that in my view both offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence may be justified for them.’
Gray, of Hudson Road, Gosport, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault.
Two other charges, of false imprisonment and criminal damage, were dropped.
The thug, who has previous convictions for burglary, robbery and kidnap, was handed a three-year restraining order to stop him from contacting Miss Webb.
Barry McElduff, defending, said Gray had been battling a heroin addiction at the time but had since tackled his drug problem.
‘When he is released, in rebuilding his life, he hopes to regain contact with his daughter from a completely different relationship,’ he said.