A judge has slapped a restraining order on a man who pointed a knife in a mother’s face as her child looked on.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Daniel Town, 24, had been in a relationship with the woman for a few months before the assault on February 7, 2013.
Town arrived at her property in Halifax at around 3.30am heavily drunk banging on the door. She didn’t want to let him in the house because he was drunk but was worried about causing a disturbance to the neighbours.
His mood was changeable and he switched from accusing her of cheating on him to saying he loved her.
He grabbed her by the face and struck her ten times across the face. He later dragged her into the garden but they noticed the woman’s four-year-old son had got out of bed to see what was happening. The mother put him back to bed upstairs and went to bed herself. Shortly afterwards Town followed her brandishing a kitchen knife and began stabbing the mattress.
Town, of Carr Holme Road, Leeds, grabbed her by the hair and pointed the knife in her face.
Once again they realised the four-year-old was out of bed and had seen what was taking place. He ran away to his room crying. Around 5.30am the mother managed to escape with her son and two-year-old daughter and drove to a friend’s house where the police were called.
After being arrested Town said he was ashamed of his actions and pleaded guilty to affray and assault by beating.
Town was given a nine-month sentence suspended for two years and made subject to a two year supervision order. He was given a restraining order.