Man with “disgraceful” domestic violence record is jailed after attack on partner

Nathan Butterworth
Nathan Butterworth

A 38-year-old man with a “disgraceful” record for domestic violence against women has been jailed for almost three years after he attacked his latest partner.

A court heard that Nathan Butterworth already had convictions on his record for headbutting a girlfriend in 2002, biting his partner’s nose in 2010 and spitting in a woman’s face in 2014.

Bradford Crown Court heard how in March this year Butterworth launched an early morning attack on his then partner Caroline Murphy following a night out in Halifax and Huddersfield.

During the violence in their flat Butterworth repeatedly punched Miss Murphy and told her he was going to kill her as he grabbed her round the throat.

Prosecutor Abigail Langford said one very forceful punch from Butterworth “bust” the complainant’s nose and when she was later treated at hospital she was found to have suffered a fractured nasal bone and a fracture to her left cheekbone.

In her victim impact statement Miss Murphy said she had suffered anxiety and depression following the attack and she had also had trouble sleeping.

She said she was afraid to go out alone and her young child was frightened when she saw the injuries to her mum.

Miss Langford said Miss Murphy was still off work six months after the attack.

The court heard that while Butterworth was remanded in prison he had telephoned Miss Murphy suggesting he would be happy to face a murder charge and telling her not to go to court.

Butterworth, of Tewit Hall Gardens, Illingworth, pleaded guilty at his trial hearing last month to causing grievous bodily harm to Miss Murphy and a separate witness intimidation charge.

Judge Mark Savill jailed Butterworth for 27 months on the GBH charge and added a further six months for the witness intimidation offence.

The judge said he had seen the unpleasant photographs of Miss Murphy’s injuries and told the defendant:”You have, frankly, a terrible and deeply unpleasant record of perpetrating violence in a domestic context against women.”

Judge Savill described Butterworth’s previous convictions as “disgraceful” and he imposed an indefinite restraining order which bans the defendant from contacting Miss Murphy in the future.