Man jailed after jealous attack on girlfriend

Luke Cunningham has been jailed for two years, eight months for a bite attack on his girlfriend.
Luke Cunningham has been jailed for two years, eight months for a bite attack on his girlfriend.

A jealous boyfriend who bit into his partner’s lips and nose during an attack lasting more than an hour has been jailed.

A court heard Luke Cunningham, of Hawthorne Close, Gildersome, stood at the bedroom window waiting for the victim to return home from a night out in the early hours of the morning before carrying out the sustained attack.

Cunningham, 21, accused the woman of sleeping with other men before forcing her onto the bed and biting her face.

The victim also suffered serious bruising to her arms and body where he pinned her down.

The attack continued in the bathroom where he pushed her into the bath.

She managed to get up and run into the kitchen where Cunningham threw glasses and pans at her.

The woman jumped from the lounge window but Cunningham went outside and dragged her back in.

He told her: “You are not getting out. You are not getting the police on me,”

Cunningham continued to attack the woman despite her screams and pleas that she was in pain.

She eventually managed to escape after she punched Cunningham in the face and jumped out of the lounge window for a second time.

She ran to her mother’s home nearby as Cunningham shouted threats to kill her.

The victim was left with bite marks to her nose and lips.

Cunningham has previous convictions for violence and has served a prison sentence for a previous attack on the same victim.

Cunningham pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was jailed for two years, eight months.

Rebecca Young, prosecuting, said: “This was a sustained assault on the complainant lasting one-and-a-half hours.

“There was a degree of premeditation as he was stood at the bedroom window waiting for her to come back.”

Stuart Field, mitigating, described the four-year relationship between Cunningham and the woman as “unhealthy”.

He said Cunningham was younger than the victim and was too immature to be in a relationship with her.

He added: “Mr Cunningham has resigned himself to the fact that there is only one sentence available and clearly he will not be walking out of the front door today but he will be going to prison for a long time.”

Judge Rodney Jameson, QC, said: “It is difficult to imagine a more serious harm being done within the category of actual bodily harm.”