Girlfriend was attacked by her partner

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A MAN who attacked his girlfriend and left her unconscious on the pavement may face jail.

Michael Ellis, 28, punched his then partner in the face as they walked home from a friend’s house, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Yvonne Taylor, prosecuting, told the court how on September 19 last year, Ellis punched his victim to the ground as they walked home from Castletown in Sunderland.

She said: “They left at 10.30pm and were walking home when the defendant became argumentative.

“The victim was relying on Ellis as she didn’t know the area.

“He became more argumentative and he then punched her in the face.

“As a result, she fell to the ground and he then began to kick her face and head.”

The court heard how the victim lost consciousness during the attack and woke up alone on the pavement.

Ms Taylor said: “She could not see out of her right eye and was bleeding facially.

“She found a house with lights on and knocked on the door.”

The householder, Mr Brooks, took the injured woman in and called an ambulance.

A statement from Mr Brooks, read out in court, described how she slumped into his arms and was crying and hysterical.

The woman was taken to hospital and treated for facial injuries, including lacerations to her upper right eyelid and fingertip bruising to her neck.

Police arrested Ellis on November 25 after they found him hiding in an understairs cupboard at his home.

Ellis, of Somerset Street, Silksworth, pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A victim impact statement, read out in court, stated that the woman was too afraid to leave her house following the incident.

It stated that the attack had left her afraid to be out alone.