A JEALOUS boyfriend’s temper has put him behind bars for 18 months after he attacked his partner for being late home.
Christopher David North-Allen had agreed to be the babysitter for Hayley Meakin’s eight-year-old son while she went into Doncaster town centre for a night out with friends.
But North-Allen, aged 19, became increasingly agitated as the night wore on and Ms Meakin kept receiving texts demanding to know why she was still out, Doncaster Crown Court was told.
Prosecutor Beverley Tait said Ms Meakin texted at 2.50am to say she was waiting for a taxi and he replied in derogatory terms.
When she reached home the defendant let her in and the next thing she could recall was being curled up next to a radiator in a bedroom with North-Allen pulling her hair, calling her “a slag” and accusing her of cheating on him.
He then went into the kitchen for a knife and said he would take his own life.
Then he left the house.
Ms Meakin sustained a gash to her head and a bruised eye. She later received yet more texts from North-Allen, expressing remorse for what he had done.
He also handed himself in to police before they were able to arrest him, said Miss Tait.
Ms Meakin said she was left numb, and upset that she would have to explain her injuries to her son.
The court was told the defendant has previous convictions for violence, including a suspended jail sentence for grievous bodily harm.
Defence counsel Michael Upson said North-Allen was starting to turn a corner because he had at last admitted needing help for his problems.
“He has always had problems with jealousy and anger management issues, and has been seeing a psychiatrist in prison and is on medication,” Mr Upson said.
He added the defendant had cried when he was shown pictures of the injuries he had inflicted on Ms Meakin.
She had still been visiting him while on remand.
North-Allen, of Wellington Grove, Bentley, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. Sentencing him to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution for the assault, and a further six months for the previous grievous bodily harm offence, Judge Peter Kelson QC told him: “You are obviously a man with a bad temper.
“This was a quite brutal and cowardly attack on a woman in her own home.
“When she didn’t return when you expected you became jealous, and when she came home you attacked her severely, leaving her face little short of a mess. This was a sustained and unpleasant attack on her.”