Attacker burned woman with cigarettes and urinated in her face

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An attacker burnt a woman with cigarettes and urinated in her face during a sickening assault.

David Burridge rubbed food on his victim and punched her during the attack.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Prosecutor Tim Gittins told Newcastle Crown Court the woman suffered “gratuitous degradation” at Burridge’s hands that night.

Judge John Milford QC said what happened to the woman during the ordeal was “disgusting”. Burridge, of Dundas Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to assault and an unrelated offence of having an offensive weapon.

The 37-year-old, who was on two suspended prison sentences at the time, was jailed for 32 months for the attack, which happened last October.

Mr Gittins said: “It was a degrading assault. He started by smearing food from a plate onto her face.

“She was, at that stage, retaliating, hitting him back and saying ‘how dare you’.

Judge Milford said: “You smeared food into her face and then punched her in the back of the head, which caused a wound.

“You blew sparks from your cigarette into her face and then deliberately injured her with another cigarette, causing burns.

“You punched her around the body and ribs. Finally, you urinated over her face and head.”

The court heard when the victim tried to call the police for help, Burridge took the phone and smashed it.

Mr Gittins added: “He said ‘have you had enough’ on several occasions, pushed her and urinated on her, to her face and head.”

The woman told police she felt ‘waves of tears’ when she thought about what happened to her.

Robin Patton, defending, said Burridge has had a drink problem since the age of 14, adding: “He’s clearly going to have to address some issues as to how he lives his life.”