A MAN has been jailed for a violent attack on his girlfriend – who was in court to support him as the sentence was passed.
Gary Melton, 28, lashed out with his fists after a night out with Denise Cryan in March.
As a result of the unprovoked attack, Miss Cryan needed three stitches to a wound on her head.
Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court she was left with numerous bruises and swollen areas all over her head and face.
Melton, of Grosvenor Street, Southwick, admitted assault. He also pleaded guilty to an unrelated burglary charge where he helped steal £500 worth of copper from a BT building near Alnwick.
The court heard how, despite feeling sick at the treatment she received from Melton, Miss Cryan has continued her relationship with him.
Melton’s barrister Jamie Adams said: “Couples very often, even in the most adverse circumstances, end up staying together and that’s clearly the position here.
“Fortunately the injury was not serious and she is good enough, big enough and brave enough to want him still to be with her.”
Mr Adams said Melton has never served a prison sentence before and is determined he will never behave the same way again.
Melton was jailed for a total of 18 months.