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Thug accused ex of bedding taxi driver before launching into violent attack


A mum-of-six was left with multiple injuries after her jealous ex-partner launched a brutal attack.

Joseph Brown, 35, was drunk on whisky as he beat the young woman continuously – including stamping on her head – before she was eventually able to call emergency services.

According to the Liverpool Echo, she cancelled the 999 call, however police were able to track her location before turning up at Brown’s home in Silverbrook Road, Belle Vale at 7am on June 28.

The victim answered the door with a gash by her eye as well as bruising and swelling, which she claimed was the result of a fall and a banged head.

Officers did not believe her and when Brown shouted from inside the flat “she visibly shrank back and froze,” said Gareth Bellis, prosecuting.

He continued: “When the defendant came to the door he appeared agitated and was bouncing around.”

Officers separated the pair by putting them in different rooms when Brown began shouting and making threats to her, even while three of their children were home.

The 35-year-old, who was in breach of his restraining order for the third time, was arrested.

His victim, who had been in a relationship with him for 17 years then agreed to show the officer her injuries.

Mr Bellis said: “These covered her body – bruising and swelling to her ankles, arms, legs, shoulder, face and neck. It was clear that the children had witnessed some of the assault.”

The children were taken to a place of safety and the victim was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where she could “barely walk in” because he had repeatedly stamped on her chest.

The woman explained she got a taxi to Brown’s home on the evening of June 28 with three of their children and Brown “was agitated and accused her of sleeping with the taxi driver.”

She was concerned but did not have the money to go back home and he later started shouting and accusing her of sleeping with other men.

He followed her into the bedroom and poked her in the eye and punched her to the side of the head leaving her bleeding.

Mr Bellis said: “He kept hitting her around the head, stamped on her back and shoulders and then stamped on her ribs and neck.

“He kept on assaulting her throughout the night and she eventually rang the police but hung up when he came into the room.”

Brown, who has 22 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, breaching a restraining order and failing to provide a sample for a drugs test.

Jailing him for two years eight months Judge David Potter pointed out that Brown had initially denied the assault, claiming he had acted in self-defence and it was only on the first day of his trial that he admitted his guilt.

He said the victim had revealed that Brown was possessive and jealous, and used to constantly ring her and send text messages upwards of 30 times a day.

Judge Potter imposed a ten year restraining order on Brown, who appeared via video link from prison, to keep away from his ex-partner and the street where she lives.




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