Jail for thug, 30, who fractured Portsmouth lover's skull with a hammer and 'laughed'

A MAN who attacked his lover with a hammer fracturing her skull stood laughing as paramedics treated her injuries.

Monday, 6th July 2020, 11:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 10:13 am

Saleh Fatmani, 30, launched the vicious attack as his then partner turned around to leave the room at her home in Portsmouth at around 5.30am leaving her with a depressed fracture.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard when paramedics arrived, having been called by the woman’s young daughter, Fatmani was abusive and police said he had been ‘acting oddly (and) appeared to be laughing’.

Today a judge branded him ‘dangerous’ after hearing details of the October 23, 2019 attack, and that Fatmani met and fought with the woman weeks later on January 30 this year.

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Saleh Fatmani was jailed at Portsmouth Crown Court for attacking his lover with a hammer.

In the second incident he grabbed the back of her hair and hit her head against a chest of drawers twice.

The woman has been left ‘scared what he is capable of,’ prosecutor Stuart Ellacott said.

Fatmani held his head in his hands as he was jailed for six years and four months. Probation ruled he had been trying to minimise his actions and blamed the victim for the second attack.

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Addressing the defendant, judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘You and the victim were both heavily intoxicated.

‘Evidently there was some argument during the course of the night and you took up a hammer, not one that belonged to you or you had brought to the scene, but you took up a hammer and in your intoxicated state of anger you brought it down on the top of her head by her left forehead fracturing her skull.’

He added: ‘When the ambulance arrived you were abusive. The police noticed you were acting oddly, appeared to be laughing and so forth, and indeed the victim herself initially denied the incident had in fact occurred.’

At the time the victim said she had fallen and injured her head. Police spoke to her in hospital and she revealed what happened.

Detailing the second incident months later, judge Hetherington said a text from a woman caused an argument with Fatmani ‘grabbed her hair and smacked her head against the chest of drawers’.

She suffered two large bumps on her head and bruises to her arms where he held them.

Bridget O’Hagan, mitigating, said her client had been on bail when he launched his second attack. The lawyer said it was a ‘fight’ between the pair who were in a ‘toxic’ relationship. She added Fatmani was ‘absolutely mortified’.

Fatmani, of no fixed address but formerly of Western Parade, Southsea, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and causing grievous bodily harm with intent at the first opportunity.

He has a previous conviction for affray.

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