Jail for violent Portsmouth thug who beat up girlfriend in horrific attack

IN PRISON Brian Gibbs
IN PRISON Brian Gibbs
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A THUG attacked a man, breaking his cheekbone, eye socket and nose – and then beat up his own girlfriend when she tried to stop him.

Brian Gibbs has been jailed for four years for the terrifying attack on his partner Joanna Watts and her friend Stephen Antram.

The three had all been drinking at Gibbs’s house in Whippingham Close, Cosham, when the attack happened.

After his girlfriend went upstairs to run a bath, the 38-year-old punched Mr Antram to the floor, then kicked and stamped on him.

Miss Watts ran downstairs and tried to pull Gibbs away but he punched her repeatedly to the head and ribs and kicked her.

And as Mr Antram lay unconscious, Gibbs carried on stamping on him.

Gibbs then grabbed his girlfriend by the hair and dragged her to the bathroom where he dunked her head in the bath water.

As she tried to dial 999 he grabbed her round the throat, and then smashed her phone.

Again he returned to kicking and stamping on Mr Antram, who had regained consciousness, before grabbing a serrated knife from the kitchen and threatening to kill him if he told the police about the attack.

Miss Watts needed 10 stitches for a cut to her lip while Mr Antram suffered fractures to his face and needed 14 stitches to his head as well as other cuts and bruises.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Gibbs has previous convictions for 32 offences, including a number for violent attacks.

He pleaded guilty to a count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and one of causing actual bodily harm, following the assaults last August.

Stephen Clayton, defending, said Miss Watts had forgiven her partner.

‘Since this incident she has contacted the defendant on more than one occasion and wants the relationship to resume,’ she said.

‘She is still desperately in love with him and he with her.’

He said Mr Antram was her friend and he and Gibbs did not get on.

He said Mr Antram had wound Gibbs up and he ‘lost it’.

Recorder Frank Privett said: ‘Something was said or done which offended you and you lost your temper.

‘You picked up a knife. You must have realised at the time the appalling effect after the violence you inflicted, what they would think.

‘In the circumstances of this episode of violence it’s surprising that the injuries were not far more serious.

‘Both of them are going to have scars to remind them every time they look at their faces of that period of violence.

‘You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.’