Jailed yob left ex with fractured eye socket after horrific attack

Leim Slee
Leim Slee

A man who fractured his ex-girlfriend's eye socket in a horrific kicking and stamping attack has been jailed.

Leim Slee's sustained assault on the woman left her with bruising, grazes, swellings and soreness to her face, head and shoulders.

Police body-cam footage taken in the moments after the attack showed the victim looking terrified, bloodied and bruised as she explained what had happened to her.

The woman said in a statement she "thought she was going to die" during the violence and has been left living in fear.

Newcastle Crown court heard the attack happened last April, while the woman, who had recently given birth to Slee's child, was visiting a friend's house overnight.

Slee, 27, who had turned up with a pal and had been drinking and taking cocaine all day, was "irate and angry" as soon as he saw his ex.

Prosecutor Stuart Graham told the court: "He grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the floor.

"He still had hold of her hair and started repeatedly kicking her to the head.

"He continued to kick and stamp on her head and body."

The court heard the woman's friend had stepped in to try and put an end to the attack but Slee's violent onslaught could not be stopped.

Mr Graham said: "The kicking and stamping continued."

The court heard as well as the obvious injuries suffered by the victim, a fractured eye socket was detected after a series of scans.

Slee, of Hylton Terrace, Ryhope, Sunderland, admitted assault.

Mr Recorder Singh sentenced him to 21 months behind bars.

The judge said; "You grabbed the complainant by the hair, threw her to the floor and repeatedly kicked and stamped on her around the head and body.

"It was a sustained and repeated kicking and stamping attack."

Vic Laffey, defending, said Slee, who has no previous convictions for violence, has found work and stayed away from trouble since the attack.

Mr Laffey added: "It was a one-off as far as this young lady is concerned. He has mended his ways and has been getting on with his life."