Drunk Sunderland thug attacked girlfriend when she stopped him using bin as a toilet

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AN attacker gave his girlfriend a brutal beating because she stopped him from using a bin as a toilet.

His victim was repeatedly punched and left with a bruised and bleeding face when she said Darran Read should go to the bathroom.

Darran Read

Darran Read

Newcastle Crown Court heard Read had downed three litres of cider at breakfast time before he launched the violent attack at his home in March.

Judge John Evans jailed the 32-year-old, of Osbourne Street, Sunderland, for 15 months and ordered him to stay away from his victim for life.

Read had pleaded guilty to assault. Judge Evans said: “Having consumed a considerable amount of alcohol that day, you simply lost control of yourself and assaulted her in a violent way, in a way which involved a number of blows being delivered.”

Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court the couple had been together for just four months when the attack happened.

The court heard Read had a short sleep after downing the drink and the trouble started when he woke up.

Mr Rowland said: “He indicated his intention to use a bin as a toilet.

“The complainant took umbrage at that and challenged him about it and as a consequence of that, he lost his temper with her.”

The court heard Read dragged his 23-year-old partner by her dressing gown before slapping her up to four times, with full force, to the face.

He then started throwing punches as his frightened victim curled up into a ball for protection.

The court heard she tried to use her mobile to call for help as she sat bleeding on the floor, which prompted further violence from Read.

Mr Rowland said: “The defendant returned and he began to punch her repeatedly.”

The court heard the victim managed to kick out while Read had her by the throat, which gave her a chance to escape and run to a neighbour’s house for help.

Amanda Rippon, defending, said Read, who admitted assault, is “extremely sorry”.

Miss Rippon said Read, who has previous convictions, had drank no alcohol for three weeks and “fell off the wagon in a catastrophic way”.