Thug knelt on pregnant partner in shocking attack
A violent brute who knelt on his pregnant partner during a shocking attack has been jailed.
Jordan Cuthill was "mortal" when he "kicked off for no reason" and left the woman with a black eye and fractured socket, scratch marks to her neck and throat, bruising, soreness and a missing clump of hair.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim had to be checked at hospital but her pregnancy progressed and her baby has since been born and "is well".
Cuthill, of Swaledale Crescent, Houghton, who as on a suspended prison sentence at the time, denied assault but was found guilty by a jury after a trial.
The 27-year-old has now been jailed for three years and nine months.
Judge Sarah Mallett told him: "The complainant told police, on body-worn camera footage, she had been in the house all day waiting for you to return.
"When you did, at 10pm, you were mortal.
"You started hitting her and kicking off for no reason, you grabbed her, ragged her around, choked her, headbutted her and she told the hospital you deliberately knelt on her abdomen.
"When the police arrived at the scene they saw she had a very swollen, black, right eye, swelling to her ear and she was crying hysterically.
"The police saw a bunch of blond hair on the kitchen floor."
The court heard the victim refused to co-operate with the investigation after the attack.
Judge Mallett told Cuthill: "She was particularly vulnerable due to your relationship and, in particular, due to her pregnancy.
"It was a sustained assault."
James Gelsthorpe, defending, said Cuthill's offending is "underpinned by drug and alcohol abuse" and he has now sought help to change and has the support of family.
Mr Gelsthorpe said Cuthill, who has a chance of work when he is released from prison, has missed many landmark moments in his baby's life but wants an improved future and has vowed to co-operate with the authorities who can help him.