A former doorman is accused of breaking his ex-girlfriend’s back in an assault more than four years ago.
Julie Desouza spent five weeks in hospital after being injured in a row with her estranged boyfriend Jamie Hill.
A jury at Sheffield Crown Court heard bouncer Bull fractured the 48-year-old’s spine after she returned home following a night out in February 2009.
Hill, now 37, who once worked the door at Flares nightclub in the city centre’s Holly Street, does not dispute causing the damage.
But he denies inflicting grievous bodily harm, and claims he was acting in self defence.
The 6ft tall defendant is to argue he was defending himself from Miss Desouza - who is 5ft and weighed around seven stone at the time - during a trial due to last three days.
The couple had split up after two years together, but were continuing to share a house in Thurcroft, Rotherham, at the time of the incident.
Geraldine Kelly, prosecuting, told the court: “He assaulted her by picking her up, and throwing her upside down on to the bed.
“She fell in such a way that when she landed she heard a crack and felt a searing pain.
“Jamie Hill denies assaulting her in this manner, and says he put her arm up her back and shoved her to defend himself when she attacked him.”
Miss Kelly told the jury the that Ms Desouza initially told paramedics she fell - and it was only pressure from her family which led her to lodge a formal complaint.
The trial continues.