South Shields brute attacked girlfriend after downing 10 pints

Christopher Hudson.
Christopher Hudson.

A brute who pulled out a clump of his girlfriend's hair outside her home after downing 10 pints has been put behind bars.

Christopher Hudson was already banned by court order from being in contact with the woman as a result of previous violence when he lashed out again in July.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim has told police she "just wants to live a normal life".

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court the 29-year-old serial attacker, who has also used violence on a previous partner, was given a restraining order to keep him away from the woman after he punched her in the face last year.

Despite the ban, the couple reconcilled after the attack.

But Mr Wardlaw told the court in May this year Hudson threw a drink over the woman after an argument during a night out in South Shields town centre.

In July, a row flared again at the victim's home after a night out.

Mr Wardlaw said: "She went to put a leash on her dog and leave. The defendant took exception.

"As she was in the process of leaving, he approached her and grabbed hold of her.

"The assault was witnessed by a number of people in the street, who describe the complainant crouching down in an effort to put the leash on the dog.

"The defendant grabbed hold of her hair with such force he pulled hair from her scalp."

Mr Wardlaw added: "Pulling someone's hair with such force as to remove that amount of hair is a serious injury. This was at her home address, which she was trying to leave at the time."

Hudson, of Stirling Avenue, Jarrow, admitted breach of the restraining order, common assault and assault.

Judge Penny Moreland sentenced him to a total of 12 months behind bars with a five-year restraining order.

The judge told him: "When you you at her home address after a night out, having drank, as you told the probation officer, 10 pints, she wanted to leave the property with her dog.

"You took hold of her by her hair and pulled her back into the house, causing her to lose hair.

"I have seen photographs of the injury she sustained."

The judge said Hudson has been "controlling and manipulative" during the relationship.

Michelle Stonley, defending, told the court: "He has very little recollection of both assaults due to his intoxication but has expressed his disgust to me for his actions.

"He has accepted full responsibility."

Miss Stonley said Hudson has sought help for his problems in custody, which has been his first experience of prison.

She added: "He has found it an altogether unpleasant and sobering experience. He has witnessed some horrific incidents in prison."