A JEALOUS boyfriend smashed a television set over his girlfriend’s head while their newborn baby slept in another room.
Michael Lyons told his partner, Nicky Timberlake, she was going to die as he carried out the attack.
The 23-year-old punched her to the floor in their North End home then continued to punch and kick and headbutt her before grabbing her by the hair and slamming her against a door.
He then smashed the TV set over the 24-year-old’s head before repeatedly hitting her over the head with a wooden vase.
When Miss Timberlake begged him to stop because she couldn’t see, Lyons said: ‘Well you’re going to die anyway so it doesn’t matter.’
All the time their 10-week-old son slept upstairs.
Lyons, a labourer who has a previous conviction for an assault on Miss Timberlake, had been drinking and was jealous because he thought his girlfriend had been in touch with her ex.
She was left with cuts and bruises following the attack in October but after reporting the matter to the police she later asked for the case to be dropped. But prosecutors persisted with the charges.
Rebecca Austin, defending, said Miss Timberlake had forgiven Lyons and did not want him to go to jail.
‘She knows her own mind and she wants him back,’ she said.
Lyons, of London Road, North End, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.
Judge Graham White said: ‘He could have killed her. If you smash a television on someone’s head it would be hardly surprising if it caused very serious harm. Luckily for her it didn’t.’
He added: ‘Domestic violence is always very serious particularly because it usually involves the use of force by somebody who is physically stronger than the partner and is often in a dominating position. Your behaviour was disgraceful and frightening and it could have led to serious injuries.
‘She has clearly forgiven you and she wants you back. Obviously she loves you.’
Lyons was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He will have two years of supervision from probation and must go on a domestic abuse programme.