Jailed: Sunderland man who beat woman ‘unrecognisable’ and strangled her

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A man has been jailed after leaving a woman ‘unrecognisable’ after punching and kicking her and then strangling her until she blacked out.

John James Lindsay pushed the woman around before punching her in the face.

The 29-year-old then tried to strangle her until she began to lose conciousness and kicked her in the face.

His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was left with a swollen face and unpleasant bruising following the attack in 2011.

Anne Richardson, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “He persisted to strangle her until she lost consciousness.

“He kicked her in the face when she was on the floor. She was begging him to stop.

“She woke up the next morning with a sore head. She was unrecognisable when she looked in the mirror, with a swollen head and swollen eyes.”

Lindsay, of Woodside, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, was charged with 10 different offences.

He was tried by a jury last month, where he was acquitted of all but one - assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Peter Walsh, defending, told the court an immediate custodial sentence would prevent Lindsay from returning to work and he would lose his home as he wouldn’t be able to pay rent.

Judge John Milford QC told Lindsay: “The jury were not satisfied that the injuries amount to really serious bodily harm, but were satisfied that you did attack her and the injuries amounted to actual bodily harm.

“I’m satisfied you caused trauma to her face and tried to strangle her. It was a sustained and repeated assault.”

Judge Milford QC sentenced Lindsay to six months in prison.