Jailed: The jealous dad who attacked his ex-girlfriend with a hammer on her Sunderland doorstep

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A JEALOUS dad who attacked his ex-girlfriend with a hammer because she was seeing someone else has been jailed.

Geoffrey Pearson launched the terrifying doorstep attack in Sunderland after his ex told him she had a new boyfriend.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 45-year-old had aimed the clawed weapon at the mum’s head but she was able to put up her hand to fend off the blows.

The 46-year-old victim was left with a puncture wound to the hand and bruised and swollen legs.

Pearson, of Mariners Point, Hartlepool, who has a conviction for violence on a previous partner, pleaded guilty to assault and was jailed for eight months.

Judge Sean Morris said: “You could have killed her.” Pearson must stay away from the woman for the next five years under the terms of a restraining order.

Judge Sean Morris told him: “You are clearly someone who thinks they are entitled to control women. What you did on this day was wholly unforgivable.

“Your former partner is entitled to see whoever she likes, whenever she likes. It is not up to you to decide what she does with her life.”

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court Pearson had turned up at the woman’s Sunderland door on May 23 after a row over the phone.

He said: “She was grabbed by the throat by the defendant. He pulled her with a lot of force, making it hard for her to breathe.

“He then let go of her and she saw he was holding a hammer. He said ‘I’m going to put this in your head’, and he began swinging the hammer.

“She managed to put her arm up to try and protect her face and tried to close the door. He hit her leg with the hammer a number of times and she managed to slam the door.”

The court heard Pearson banged at the door with the weapon while she called 999.

Mr Pallister added: “He thought there was a chance they may get back together but she told him she had met someone else and that made him angry.”