Man made girlfriend’s eye ‘explode’ in violent attack

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A VIOLENT boyfriend who punched his girlfriend’s face so hard that her eye “exploded” has been put behind bars for four years.

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

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

Phythian of Musgrove Terrace, Washington, who has convictions for attacks on Miss Banks in the past, denied causing grievous bodily harm, assault and acting in breach of a restraining order but was found guilty by a jury of all charges after a trial last month.

Judge Paul Sloan QC said the 42-year-old, who screamed foul language and said ‘you might as well hang me, just execute me’ as he was sentenced, posed a danger to women and extended his licence period by 12 months.

The judge told Phythian the attack on Miss Banks was a “gross breach of trust and power”.

Judge Sloan added: “As she described, her eye exploded and then poured blood.

“She experienced excruciating pain.

“As a result of the blow you struck she sustained injury to her right eye, and she has lost sight in her right eye.

“There is no chance of her regaining sight in that eye ever again.

“I am satisfied there is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm occasioned by the commission by you of further specified offences.

“There is clearly a significant risk, to Miss Banks in particular, but also to future partners in general.”

His trial heard how Phythian ordered Miss Banks to get back with him when he was released from prison for a previous attack on her, despite having a restraining order.

On February 22, Phythian punched her and hit her with a towel rail.

Miss Banks was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for surgery.