Man jailed for savage assaults on his partner

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A NEW father who burnt his girlfriend with a cigarette and held a knife to her throat was jailed for five years on Thursday.

Adam Ward subjected his 17-year-old partner to two terrifying domestic assaults while they lived together at houses in Lincolnshire and the North East of England.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the teenager fled the couple’s home in Alexandra Road, Grantham, after being repeatedly punched and slapped by Ward during the first attack which occured just three months after she gave birth to their son.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the woman suffered injuries including a black eye, bruising to her forehead and knees, and cuts to her back after trying to escape during her ordeal.

“She ran into the street for help,” Mr Howes told the court. “But Ward came to look for her and took her back into the house with his hand over her mouth.”

The woman did not go to hospital but a friend who saw her the next day described her as looking “a real mess,” Mr Howes added.

Ward was granted bail after being arrested for the assault in September last year but followed the teenager to her new home in Darlington where they again began living together.

Mr Howes said the couple were “reconciled” until Ward carried out a more serious assault in which he held a lighted cigarette to his partner’s forehead and put a kitchen knife to her throat.

The woman was left fearing for her life after Ward warned her: “I really want to kill you.”

Police arrested Ward after being called by a neighbour and his partner was taken to hospital with injuries including a burn mark to her forehead.

Ward, formerly of Alexandra Road, Grantham, admitted two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and making a threat to kill between 12 September and 18 February.

He was jailed for five years with a three year extended licence period on his release and made the subject of a restraining order preventing any contact with his former partner.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Ward his offences were “disgraceful and despicable.”

Judge Heath added: “You produced a knife which you held to her throat, she was in fear of her life quite understandably.”