A young woman on her first night out since parting from her boyfriend needed surgery when she was repeatedly punched by her ex in a horror attack in Blackpool.
The victim, suffered a fractured jaw at the hands of Harry Warner and a court heard that days after admitting his guilt over that, he verbally abused her by shouting that she was a “grass”.
Warner, 19, of Midgeland Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to inflicting GBH.
He also admitted witness intimidation when he appeared at Preston Crown Court on Friday.
The violent attack, dated back to June 2013 when the woman was on her first night out since the split.
Graham Robinson, prosecuting, said the victim and a friend were having a discussion on St Annes Road, Blackpool, when Warner, was seen to run towards her and throw a punch.
This was said to have hit her with a “huge amount of force” to the left side of her jaw. He went on to punch her, it was thought, 10-15 times.
The victim was dragged away by a friend but when she got into a waiting car Warner managed to lean in through an open window and start punching her again.
She went on to have an operation under general anaesthetic. Her confidence was said to have been deeply affected by what took place.
Warner pleaded guilty to the GBH charge in April but nine days later intimidated her while she was in the beer garden of the Belle Vue pub on Whitegate Drive. He was in a vehicle and told her through an open window, “You are nothing but a grass” and also, “You’ll get stabbed”.
Waheed Omran-Barber, defending, said the teenager found it hard to express his emotions. Alcohol was the only thing that he felt helped him at the time. There had been a fractious relationship with his ex-partner. He added: “He has made significant changes in his lifestyle. He is making the right steps to put his life on track.
His letter to the court is not one of empty words. Warner was given a 30-month custodial sentence.