Head bash thug punched Good Samaritan - aged nine

James Dixon, 24, of Rusland Avenue, Marton, has been jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to  offences of actual bodily harm assault,  assault by beating and criminal damage.
James Dixon, 24, of Rusland Avenue, Marton, has been jailed for 10 months after pleading guilty to offences of actual bodily harm assault, assault by beating and criminal damage.
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A man who bashed his ex partner’s head against a parked car and thumped a boy who tried to intervene has been jailed.

James Dixon chased after the woman as she ran from her home, ringing the police as she fled.

He caught up with her and having grabbed hold of her head and hair, banged her four or five times against a vehicle in the road.

A nine-year-old boy who saw what happened and bravely tried to help was hit to the head and then kicked and dragged to the ground.

Dixon, 24, of Rusland Avenue, Marton, has been jailed for 10 months over the incident which dated back to June 1 this year.

He had pleaded guilty to offences of actual bodily harm assault, assault by beating and criminal damage.

Rick Holland, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said the woman had been to a local pub on the evening of the attack.

Dixon turned up there and ended up barred after going outside to relieve himself.

The woman had gone home to Rossett Avenue when she got a text from the defendant, suggesting their relationship was over.

But as far as she was concerned it had already finished.

Dixon then turned up at the house, shouting and wanting his belongings.

The woman handed his things to him in a bin bag before Dixon barged through the front door.

The court heard the woman was scared and ended up running from her home, ringing the police as she did that.

Mr Holland said: “The defendant set off in pursuit of her and caught her in the roadway.

“He grabbed her by the head and hair and began to bang her head four or times on the window or door of a car”.

A boy who realised what was happening tried to go to the woman’s aid, but was thumped to the head and then kicked and dragged to the ground.

Others also sought to intervene and the police arrived.

The woman had a half centimetre cut to the crown of her head, which had to be glued. She also had bruising around her body.

She said in a victim impact statement: “I’ll never forgive James for what he did. He almost to the last moment was denying the incident”.

The boy had minor bruising or grazing behind an ear and around £200 damage was caused to the car during the assault.

The court heard Dixon’s previous offending included a three year jail term in 2010 for wounding with intent.

That had involved someone being slashed to the face with a steak knife.

The judge, Recorder Bob Crawford, told Dixon: “You are no stranger to violence. “It is said you are remorseful.

“Hopefully you are.

“This was a sustained assault”.