A woman was left feeling ‘like a monster’ after she was battered by her violent ex-boyfriend who threw a 3ft vase at her face.
Joshua Rossbottom, 30, from Manchester, was drunk when he launched the horrifying attack on his partner after he celebrated his birthday, a court heard.
The woman, who has asked not to been named, was left needing hospital treatment for lacerations, bruises and swelling after she was attacked.
Rossbottom hurled a ceramic vase at her face and shoved her into a wall during an outburst in the early hours of the morning after he had been drinking in July.
The woman, who has not been named, was left with two black eyes and bruises on her face after she was attacked by her ex-boyfriend
Joshua Rossbottom, 30, (pictured) jailed for nine months after he attacked the woman in Manchester
When police began to investigate the shocking attack, the thug threatened her over the phone and said: ‘I’m coming for you.’
Rossbottom has now been locked up after he admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and another of intimidating a witness.
He was jailed for nine months for what a judge at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court described as ‘a very serious matter which could have caused more damage than it did’.
The court heard the couple met in March 2016 on a dating website and started living together at the victim’s home three months later.
Andrew Mackintosh, prosecuting, said: ‘The relationship was to a degree a somewhat volatile one.
‘She says they would argue, but up until the incident he had never used physical violence against her.’
On July 25 this year, they celebrated the defendant’s birthday drinking with friends in Manchester city centre.
On their way home he went to buy more alcohol before returning to the house where they met others.
The court was told she went upstairs to bed around 11pm while Rossbottom and others continued the party.
Mr Mackintosh told the court: ‘At around 3am she was woken by a disturbance and found furniture and glasses had been smashed.
‘She began to tidy up and the defendant argued with her.
‘He pushed her backwards and she hit her head against a wall. He then picked up a vase and threw it at her, striking her above the right eyebrow.’
Rossbottom has now been locked up after he admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and another of intimidating a witness
The woman’s name has not been revealed but has agreed to be pictured after Rossbottom was jailed
The victim retreated to the bedroom and shut the door. Police were called the next morning through an anonymous source, the court heard.
When Rossbottom was arrested and interviewed by the police, he denied the offences.
Mr Mackintosh said: ‘Three days later the victim received a telephone call from an unknown number.
‘The defendant identified himself and said, ‘What the f*** are you saying I did? You watch, I’m coming for you’.’
Rossbottom denied the assault at an earlier magistrates court hearing, but changed his plea to guilty when the case went to trial at crown court.
In a victim impact statement, the complainant said she had lost her job as a result of the injuries.
Mr Mackintosh added: ‘She said she felt like a monster, wouldn’t leave her house and she felt stupid.’
In mitigation, Andrew Smith said: ‘The defendant is dealing with a long and deep-seated addiction to alcohol.
‘He has in the past been able to curb his drinking and lead a life away from criminality.
‘The issue of domestic violence is not long-standing and, to his credit, he had expressed his shock and disgust at what he did.’
The court heard the couple (pictured) met in March 2016 on a dating website and started living together at the victim’s home three months later
Judge Maurice Greene sentenced Rossbottom to five months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and four months for intimidation of a witness, to run consecutively, at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Tuesday.
He told the defendant: ‘You were in drink and for some reason you lost control of yourself.
‘You smashed a bottle and pushed the victim to the floor where she fell, causing her a cut to the eye.
‘You then took a 3ft ceramic vase, lifted it above your head and threw it at her, causing very severe bruising.
‘This was a serious assault that had the potential to cause more damage than it did.
‘You then compounded the matter by threatening her in order to try to stop her giving evidence against you. That is a very serious matter.
‘Witnesses have to be free in order to give the best evidence they can otherwise the judicial system cannot survive.’
He added: ‘The assault is aggravated by the fact it was in the early hours of the morning and in her own home.Only a custodial sentence is the appropriate punishment for this behaviour.’
Despite the charges, the defence presented evidence of contact between the two parties via text messages and social media.
The judge did not apply a restraining order.