A man who repeatedly kicked his girlfriend in a drunken rage has been jailed.
Preston Crown Court was told that Simon Young felt “utterly ashamed” by his actions.
He was sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one of assault.
Young, 41, of Denstone Avenue, Bispham, attacked his partner on New Year’s Day and again on January 2.
Charles Brown, prosecuting, said the defendant had worked abroad, but used his partner’s home as a base when back in the UK.
On January 2 the couple and friends were at the home. Two of the guests left and Young wanted another – a friend of his girlfriend – to go as well.
However, she was reluctant to go as she thought he may become violent.
Young grabbed the friend, threw her to the ground and assaulted her.
His partner tried to pull him away, but Young then turned his attention on her.
She was thrown to the floor and then repeatedly kicked all over her body, the court heard.
When the police came she told them Young had assaulted her the previous day as well when he kicked her to the legs and poked her in the chest.
She was examined and found to have bruising to her chest, arms, neck and thighs.
Later she gave a written statement to his solicitors to say she still loved Young, but the relationship was over.
Daniel Harman, defending, said the woman stated in her letter that Young was not normally a violent man.
He said: “This was a one off which he says will never be repeated again.
“It is something he feels utterly remorseful for. He is utterly ashamed.
“He has been on remand in custody for more than five weeks.
“It is the first time he has been in custody for 17 years and that has been a wake-up call.”
Judge Pamela Badley told Young: “This was such a serious episode of domestic violence that an immediate sentence of custody is the only appropriate course”.