A WOMAN feared her life was in danger after she was left permanently scarred in an attack by her violent ex-boyfriend.
Jealous Aiden Davison, 29, turned up at his former girlfriend’s home in the early hours of the morning, smashed a glass panel in the front door and attacked her male friend.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that when she stepped in to try to stop the violence, all three fell downstairs at her flat in Washington.
After the painful tumble, Davison picked up a half-brick he had used to smash the door and aimed it at the man.
But the missile struck his 27-year-old ex, leaving her with a gaping wound to her head which meant she had to spend three days in hospital.
Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “The wound to her forehead needed treatment.
“It was six inches long, extending down to the bone. It required repair to muscle and skin and there will be a permanent scar.”
The court heard Davison was convicted of an earlier attack on his former partner in 2010, when he headbutted her during an assault.
She told police after the latest attack in February: “I have now reached the stage I feel my life is in danger if I don’t put a stop to this violence.
“I have felt it is my fault and the beatings were a sign he actually cared for me.”
She said the way Davison treated her during their three-year relationship left her with no self-confidence or self-esteem.
Mr Pallister said the couple’s relationship had been marred by domestic violence.
He added: “She said she started to see herself as a punchbag and felt she must deserve it.”
Davison, of Banbury, in Sulgrave, admitted criminal damage, affray and unlawful wounding.
Judge John Milford jailed Davison for three years and made him the subject of a restraining order to stay away from and have no contact with his ex-girlfriend for three years.
The judge said: “You caused an exceedingly unpleasant wound.”
Glen Gatland, defending, said Davison, who has a supportive family, feels remorse for what he did and accepts the relationship is at a complete end.