A VIOLENT boyfriend has been allowed back on the streets despite beating his partner so badly that she needed blood drained from her lungs.
Andrew Patterson fractured his girlfriend’s eye socket and left her with horrific body injuries after a brutal attack at the Washington flat they shared.
As she lay injured, suffering a broken ankle, Patterson refused to let the 26-year-old leave their home.
It was not until he fell asleep that the terrified victim managed to call dial 999 and ask for help.
When police arrived, the 29-year-old claimed the woman had suffered the broken ankle in a fall from a bike a few days earlier.
He was arrested and later pleaded guilty to assault. Newcastle Crown Court heard that an argument had started between the pair, resulting in Patterson throwing a mobile phone at his girlfriend’s face.
When she tried to go to bed, Patterson flew into a rage, assaulting her, pulling her by the hair and leaving her with bruising to the ribs.
The pair had been in a relationship for more than two years, the court heard.
Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said: “She has black eyes, a swollen nose and bruising to the body.
“She did have some blood on the lungs that later had to be cleared through a chest drain.”
The court heard that Patterson has convictions for 109 previous offences.
Defending, Tony Davis said both Patterson and his girlfriend were drunk at the time.
Mr Davis added: “There is no doubt that they were unsuitable as a couple and both had drink problems.
“There were issues within the relationship which caused the excess tension.”
Recorder Philip Kramer adjourned sentencing so that Patterson can first be assessed for an alcohol treatment order.
Patterson, now of Stonecrop, Gateshead, had been remanded in custody since the attack but was released on bail. However, the judge warned him: “When it comes to sentencing, I’m leaving all options open.”