A MAN who threatened his girlfriend with a knife and smashed a mug over her head lied to police about how she got her injuries.
Karl Morrison launched a brutal assault on his partner after she returned to their home in Boldon Colliery after a night out.
He told her he would ‘cut her face’ and hoped she would die a ‘painful death’. During the rant, he grabbed a knife and also struck her with an ashtray.
The victim was so terrified she felt unable to leave the house but summoned up the courage to contact the police the next day. She suffered a bruise to her eye and cuts and bruises to her hand and arms.
When arrested, the 33-year-old said she had been involved in a fight while at a bus station and denied he had assaulted her.
Morrison, of Trent Drive Jarrow, initially pleaded not guilty to the assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’s Court but changed his plea ahead of a trial date being fixed.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “She was in a relationship with Morrison for about two years. It was a stormy relationship and violent on his part.
“She had been out with her cousin and returned home the following morning at about 6am. He was on the sofa and asked her where she had been. He said he hoped she’d die a painful death. He punched her and picked up a mug and smashed it over her head. He than hit her with an ashtray. He then picked up a knife and said ‘I’m going to cut your face’.
“She was petrified. He stopped suddenly and said ‘don’t talk’,
“She didn’t dare to leave and stayed until the following day.
“When he was arrested, he said he didn’t assault her. He said she had been in a fight and that was how she was injured. He said it was a malicious complaint by her. But he has now pleaded guilty.
Linda Murphy, chairman of the magistrates, asked for probation reports to be prepared on Morrison.
He was remanded in custody while the pre-sentence report is completed.
He will be sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on July 16.