Jailed: ‘Crazy’ caravan man who attacked pregnant ex

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A MAN who “went crazy” and punched and stabbed his pregnant ex-girlfriend in her Sunderland home has been jailed for 13 years.

Billy Smith, who was on bail after kicking a policeman in the face during a melee, travelled from Doncaster to Sunderland to attack Dominique Rowe.

Although their relationship ended more than two years previously Smith, 29, occasionally visited to see their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

As Miss Rowe was doing the housework, he walked through the back door and started punching her in the face and body.

When she fell to the floor, he kicked and punched her as she tried to protect herself.

Richard Sheldon, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court: “He was going crazy and smashed the front door and windows. His violence was so bad, a neighbour went in to offer assistance.”

Smith then ran off and as Miss Rowe stood up, she realised she had been stabbed in the back and lower right leg.

She needed treatment at hospital for the wounds and was kept in for 24 hours.

When arrested, Smith initially denied being anywhere near the woman’s house in Byron Street, Sunderland. The court heard he had been remanded in prison since his arrest following the attack in July last year.

He was on bail at the time after being arrested with his brother Michael, 30, following a disturbance at a caravan site near Doncaster in April that year.

Smith was stopped by police after he was spotted driving a suspected stolen van.

He was handcuffed in the back of a police car but a crowd gathered and attempts were made to free him, forcing police to call for back-up.

A fight then broke out during which Billy tried to headbutt a policeman and then threatened to bite him before kicking a different officer in the face.

The court also heard that while in prison on January 14 this year, Smith was found with a mobile phone during a search of his cell.

Both brothers have records for violence and Billy has served two jail terms for wounding.

Smith, of Lands End Caravan Site, Thorne, admitted affray, assault causing actual bodily harm, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and illegally possessing a phone in prison.

Edward Moss, for father-of-three Billy, blamed his offending on the break-up of his relationship with Miss Rowe.

He told the court Smith started taking £100 of cocaine a day and was drinking “anything he could get his hands on”.

Jailing Smith, Recorder David Dixon said: “You punched and kicked a pregnant lady then stabbed her three times. What on earth were you thinking?

“You went and carried out a sustained attack on a pregnant lady in her own home. Even when she posed no threat to you, you used a knife on her repeatedly.”

He went on: “I take the view that you are a risk to members of the public, particularly ex-partners.”

The judge sentenced Billy Smith to a total of nine years in prison.

He was also given a four-year extended licence period on top of that, making 13 years in all.

A restraining order was also issued barring him from contacting Miss Rowe except through a solicitor.