Man jailed for violent attack on girlfriend

York Magistrates' Court.

A man has been jailed for a violent attack on his then girlfriend.

Ryan Hewitt was yesterday sentenced to 20 weeks in prison for the assault at an address in Colburn on May 9, last year.

Hewitt, 40, of Park Crescent, Darlington, had denied the assault, but was found guilty at York Magistrates’ Court after a trial last month at which he represented himself.

He appeared in court yesterday for sentencing.

The magistrates heard the defendant threw his partner across the room by her neck.

In a victim impact statement, the victim said her physical and mental health had suffered due to her relationship with the defendant.

The woman said she suffered a herniated disk in her back due to the attack and had needed to undergo spinal surgery.

She added: “I am unable to walk long distances now and my movement is increasingly becoming restricted due to nerve damage.

“My little finger is permanently misshaped due to the assault and after referral to a hand specialist who confirmed permanent trauma to my finger.”

The magistrates ruled that a custodial sentence was appropriate because it was a “serious and sustained assault in a domestic setting”.

As well as being sent to prison, Hewitt was issued with a restraining order preventing contact with the victim and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge totalling £428.