Vicious thug left partner looking like elephant woman after brutal attack

A man who repeatedly stamped on his partner's face until she was "battered black and blue" left her looking like an "elephant woman" after she allegedly shouted at the thug's mother.

After his defence tried to use alcohol as an excuse, the court recorder told the lawyer and the defendant, Lee Tiffin, from Blyth, Northumberland, that "many people drink but do not beat up women."

Tiffin, 34, was then jailed for two years after pleading guilty to two offences – assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault by beating, Teesside Live reported.

At Newcastle Crown Court, prosecutor Omar Ahmad said Tiffin carried out the attacks in September this year.

He said the victim had been in a relationship with Tiffin for around six months and he had been living with her at her home.

In her victim statement she said: "He has battered me black and blue. I'm so ashamed of myself for being in a relationship with him. He's absolutely disgusting."

It was then that Kate Barnes, defending Tiffin, told the court: "He wishes to express through me his remorse. He also wishes to express his remorse to her.

"Mr Tiffin is of the view that this was a good relationship. Being in drink is no mitigation. It might go simply to explain why he behaved in the way he did.

"He is a young man with not insignificant mental health problems. Because of the lockdowns, he has not been receiving interventions."

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Ms Barnes said Tiffin had anxiety, depression and a personality disorder, and he was hoping to re-engage with support services.

However Recorder Carl Gumsley imposed a two-year prison sentence as well as a five-year restraining order.

He told Tiffin: "Many people drink but do not beat up women. I consider it to be a considerably aggravating feature. This was a prolonged and persistent attack."

On September 7, they argued about household bills via Facebook and they later met at the Percy Arms pub, where arguments took place over money and Tiffin's mother.

He then slapped her on the side of her face, the court heard. Then back at the defendant's mother's house he revved up the violence.

He pulled her hair, dragged her backwards, swung her around and, as she was lying on the floor, he stamped on her.

"The defendant started stamping on her face six or seven times," said the prosecutor. "He stamped on the right side of her face.

"He said 'you think you're f****** clever. No-one f****** shouts at my mum like that'.

"The defendant left when prompted by his mother. The defendant was described as very intoxicated."

Mr Ahmad added: "She (the victim) said she was left looking like 'the elephant woman'. Her right eye was almost shut.

"Her lip was throbbing and there was severe swelling. There was no fracture however."

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247

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