Eight years for Sheffield man after horror attack

Dominic Hirst, jailed for eight years for beating ex partner.
Dominic Hirst, jailed for eight years for beating ex partner.
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A Sheffield man who used his ex-girlfriend as a punchbag in a horrific attack while high on drink and drugs has been jailed for eight years.

Dominic Hirst, aged 24, beat Zoe Smith with a metal broom handle, slashed her arm and shoulder with a knife and threatened to kill her.

She was left with a broken jaw and finger, deep cuts and bruises all over her body, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Sentencing him, Recorder Simon Hirst said: “You lost your temper and thereafter the way you behaved was utterly appalling.”

Jim Baird, prosecuting, said the couple had been in a three-month relationship which had ended after incidents of violence.

A few weeks later Hirst texted Miss Smith, aged 31, to say he was coming round to her flat in Deepcar.

When she told him she’d been seeing someone else since they broke up he went berserk, Mr Baird said.

He knocked everything off the table, threw the TV on the floor then began punching Miss Smith.

He beat her with the handle while punching her head, took a knife from the kitchen and slashed her twice.

Mr Baird said when he tried to cut her a third time she grabbed the knife and it ripped open her index finger.

“He told her he was going to kill her by stabbing her in the liver or kidney,” said Mr Baird.

“He said he would ring for an ambulance but it would only take half an hour for her to die.”

Mr Baird said the attack continued but Miss Smith eventually escaped to a neighbour’s house and banged on the door screaming hysterically.

The neighbour tried to intervene but Hirst pushed her aside and carried on beating Miss Smith, screaming at her: “You are doing my head in. You have lied to me. It is going to be death at dawn. I’m going to slit your throat.”

It was only when the neighbour’s dog went for Hirst that the assault ended, said Mr Baird.

The police were only called two days later after the victim’s parents saw her injuries.

In interview Hirst told officers he could not remember much about the attack but he was on methadone and had drunk three litres of cider.

Hirst, of Ridal Close, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, admitted wounding with intent.

Gul Nawaz Hussain, defending, said it was an isolated incident and even his ex-girlfriend said he had acted completely out of character.

“It has clearly had horrific and tragic consequences , not least of all for the complainant,” said Mr Hussain.

Judge Hirst told the defendant: “She must have been utterly distraught and terrified.”