Jail for attack on girlfriend
An irate boyfriend pushed his girlfriend over, causing her to fall head first down a flight of stairs and break her ankle, a court heard.
Jason Hurst's 27-year-old victim tumbled down communal stairs in a block of flats and he went on to repeatedly punch her in the head.
He stopped and apologised only after she pleaded and said: "I think you've bust my ankle."
Hurst then left her injured and upset on the floor.
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Leicester Crown Court yesterday heard metal screws had to be surgically inserted, to repair the victim's fracture.
Further complications led to a second operation and she still has continuing medical problems.
Hurst admitted causing actual bodily harm, on March 22.
He was jailed for two-and-a-half years and banned, by a restraining order, from ever contacting her.
The court heard the couple were at the end of a "stormy" five-year relationship, living in a third floor flat in Hinckley Road, Leicester.
She broke up with him when he was drunk and he refused to let her leave.
She called for help from the flat window, asking a passer-by to call the police.
She ran to the communal stairs, where he punched her on the forehead.
Hurst (31) further admitted common assault, relating to that punch.
She ran down two flights, but he caught up with her and pushed her on to her back.
Ben Gow, prosecuting, said: "It caused her to fall head first down the last flight of stairs."
It was not said if he intended her to fall.
Mr Gow said Hurst had previously committed common assault on a different ex-partner, in 2006.
Judge Simon Hammond said the woman's victim impact statement said she was so afraid of Hurst she wants to leave Leicester.
He said: "He behaved like a jealous bully."
Clarkson Baptiste, mitigating, said Hurst was genuinely remorseful and accepted the relationship was over.
He said: "It's an all too familiar story of a relationship blighted by alcohol and drugs."
Hurst has since attended courses while on remand, positively addressing his drink and drug issues, and was motivated to change.