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Dominic Hodson has been jailed for assauting his partner after she painted his toenails.

Dominic Hodson has been jailed for assauting his partner after she painted his toenails.

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A domestic abuse victim has spoken out after her partner beat her up for painting his toenails as a joke.

The 25-year-old thought she would cheer her boyfriend up by painting his toenails while he slept at her home in St Annes.

But instead of being amused, Dominic Hodson broke into a furious rage, throwing her about the room, punching her all over her body, putting his hand over her mouth and trying to strangle her during a two-hour attack.

Hodson was jailed for assaulting the woman – the mother of their 10-month-old daughter – for 91 weeks at Preston Crown Court.

The victim, who did not want to be named, said she had bruising all over her body from the incident.

She said the violence started last September, once their daughter was born.

She added: “I wanted him to stop and I threw him out of my flat. He said it wouldn’t happen again, but it did.”

Hodson, of All Hallows Road, Bispham, admitted assault occasioning actually bodily harm, two charges of common assault and one of perverting the course of justice for getting the victim to retract a statement.

The woman added: “He is better in prison. He is getting the help he needs.”

The court heard at the time of the violence, Hodson was struggling with the pressures of parenthood and being out of work and turned to alcohol and cannabis.

But sentencing him, Judge Heather Lloyd said: “Most people would have considered their toenails being painted to be funny, a joke.

“But you didn’t.

“You assaulted her in a sustained attack.”