Halifax man jailed for attack that left partner with black eyes and fractured eye socket

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A joiner who subjected his girlfriend to a “vicious” assault which left her with black eyes and a fractured eye socket has been jailed for more than three years.

A court heard today (Friday) that neither Billy Ashcroft nor his girlfriend Georgia Peacock could remember the details of the attack, but when she woke up the next morning the 26-year-old said he couldn’t believe what he had done to her.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the couple, who had been in a “rocky” relationship for six or seven months, had been out drinking in February, but Miss Peacock left the pub alone and took a taxi home.

Prosecutor Nicoleta Alistari said when Ashcroft came back later he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her backwards violently.

“The complainant is unable to remember what happened after that,” she said.

Miss Alistari said when the complainant woke up the next morning she saw that her eyes were almost closed and very bruised.

The court heard that there were bloodstains on the bed and the living carpet and Ashcroft told her he was sorry.

“Look at your face. I can’t believe I’ve done that. I can’t even look at you,” he told the complainant.

Ashcroft, formerly of Juke Street, Elland, pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and he was jailed for 40 months.

Miss Alistari said the complainant had lost some hair from her scalp in the attack as well as suffering wounds to her mouth and damage to her teeth.

She said Miss Peacock had a bite mark on her shoulder and her right eye socket had been fractured.

Ashcroft’s barrister Jayne Beckett said he was devastated and ashamed about what he had done.

She said her client, now of Woodlands Mount, Halifax, had suffered some mental health problems and the offence was a tragedy for everyone.

Jailing Ashcroft Judge Colin Burn noted that the defendant had also taken some cocaine that night and he said the photographs of the complainant told their own story.

“It’s quite obvious from the photographs that this must have been a vicious, drunken, sustained beating of Georgia Peacock,” he told Ashcroft.

“It’s obvious that at no point was Miss Peacock able to resist or defend herself and obviously you carried on.”

As part of the sentence Judge Colin imposed an indefinite restraining order which bans Ashcroft from making any contact with the complainant in the future.