A MAN who repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the face after receiving a text from his ex-wife has been jailed.
Daniel McGougan was lying in bed with his victim on April 10 last year when he received a text message from his ex-wife which sent him into a rage.
The 44-year-old started to beat the woman’s face for about five minutes, causing a fracture to her eye-socket and cheekbone.
In a statement to Newcastle Crown Court, she said that she felt her face swelling up “almost immediately” and was afraid to leave the house for days.
Alec Burns, prosecuting, said: “She felt she couldn’t leave for three days, and thought that she was going to be killed.”
It was only when the defendant and his victim took a trip to the local amusements with a friend that the assault was reported to the police. Mr Burns told the court that the victim had been so badly affected by McGougan’s attack that she was physically sick and “collapsed”.
She was taken to hospital on April 13, where she was asked to explain her injuries to police, and McGougan, who has a previous conviction for battery against the same woman, was arrested.
Mr Vic Laffey, defending, said: “The relationship between this pair only lasted about 11 months.
“He is married to a lady who has now been deported – they are still married and still in contact.
“He first met the complainant in a public house and they would drink together, and the relationship developed into a physical one.
“But things deteriorated dramatically into the situation he finds himself in now.
“He is not a man who is ordinarily given to violence, and he apologises for the injuries that he has caused this lady.”
McGougan, of Laygate, South Shields, pictured left, pleaded guilty to assault.
Judge Simon Hickey told McGougan: “This woman was an entirely innocent victim in this case.
“You became very controlling and jealous in your relationship with her.”
Judge Hickey jailed McGougan for two years and six months. A restraining order was also put in place to stop him contacting his victim.