Woman’s eye ‘exploded’ in punch from ‘evil’ boyfriend, court told

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A VIOLENCE victim told jurors how her eye “exploded” after a hard punch to the face by her “evil” boyfriend.

Sandra Banks said she heard a “massive pop” before blood started pouring down her face, after the forceful blow by Mark Phythian during a row at his home.

Miss Banks told Newcastle Crown Court she has lost vision in her right eye, which is now “dead” and she may lose it completely.

Phythian, 42, of Musgrove Terrace, Washington, denies causing grievous bodily harm, assault and breaching of a restraining order.

He is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Miss Banks claimed Phythian had ordered her to get back with him when he was released from prison for a previous attack on her, despite a restraining order in place.

She added that on February 22, her birthday, a row at his home escalated to violence.

Miss Banks said the initial assault happened in the bathroom where she was punched and hit with a towel rail before he followed her out of the room.

“He just looked at me, really evil, and just punched me in the face, really hard.

“My eye exploded. I just heard a massive pop and my eye started pouring with blood .

“I started screaming, crying. I had never felt pain like it in all my life. My eye was pouring with blood.

“I was scared out of my wits. I wanted to die.”

Phythian told jurors it was Miss Banks who attacked him that night and he had lashed out to get her off him.

He said: “I put my hand on her cheek and went to give her a kiss.

“She spun around and latched on to my little finger, practically biting my little finger off.

“I didn’t have a choice, I hit her with my left hand. It was self defence.”

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