A man who attacked his girlfriend during a drunken argument has been jailed after a judge signalled a clampdown on domestic violence.
David Jones had drunk two bottles of rose wine and three litres of strong cider when he launched two different assaults on his partner Clare Morton which left her covered in injuries.
He bit her nose, neck and arm and gave her two black eyes in a prolonged attack which only ended when she fled her home and asked a passer by to call the police.
Jones, aged 30, from Halifax, Yorkshire, who had been living with the victim at Princes Road East, Torquay, admitted causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 16 months by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.
He told him: “You subjected your victim to a sustained attack in which she was badly beaten and caused her serious injuries.
“Issues of domestic violence cause such problems within society and it is something of such prevalence that the courts really have to respond by sending a clear message.
“If someone is a repeat offender then the courts will send them into immediate custody.”
Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Morton is slightly built and just 5’2’’ tall and suffered severe cuts and bruises to her face.
The attack happened after they had started drinking while carrying out DIY at her home. An argument started in which he pushed her onto a bed, hit her and bit her nose so hard she thought he would bite it off.
She fled the house but returned and the attack resumed until she ran out into the street and asked a passer by to call the police.
Miss Eagles said Jones has a record of more than 30 convictions including an assault on a previous partner.
Mr Paul Dentith, defending, said Jones is so shocked by his behaviour he wants to receive help from the probation service to tackle his long standing problems of alcohol abuse and aggression.
He said:”He is mortified and wants help to make sure he never does anything like this again.”
He said he plans to move away from Devon to live with his family in Halifax.