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Maryport man jailed for punching and biting partner during savage attack

Jon-jay Thompson

A MAN who repeatedly punched and bit his his partner during a vicious attack, leaving her badly injured, has been jailed for almost three years.

Jon-jay Thompson, 24, turned on Michelle Little late on February 18 inside a house they shared with his mother, grandmother and uncle, after the couple had been out earlier in the day.

After Miss Little woke, went downstairs and returned to a bedroom, Thompson mounted a sustained attack as he spat mean insults and threats towards her. Prosecutor Sarah Johnston told Carlisle Crown Court: “He punched her to the body and ribs, biting her on the nose, fingers and arm, all the time maintaining a grip around her throat and he was on top of her.” Ms Johnston added: “She thought she was going to die.”

Family members saw both Thompson and Miss Little bloodied when they came downstairs before both were transported to hospital.

She had suffered rib fractures, a collapsed lung, a tear to her lung tissue and also multiple bruises, cuts and grazes across her body.

In a victim impact statement, Miss Little she spoke of feeling angry, lost and abandoned, suffering from panic attacks and believing it would take a long time before she could ever trust another male in a relationship.

Thompson, of Victoria Terrace, Maryport – described as a “paranoid and controlling person” – was handcuffed inside an ambulance as he behaved aggressively after the incident. He heard to say “nobody will be making a statement, you’re wasting your time”, and to remark: “Do you never argue with your bird?”

At the crown court today (TUES), he was jailed for 34 months having admitted causing grievous bodily harm. He was also banned from contacting Miss Little indefinitely.

“In short, had emergency services not attended and in good time, had she not been treated by medical and clinical practitioners with their skill and expertise she would have died,” Thompson was told by Recorder Michael Hayton QC as he passed sentence. “That is how serious the violence you used against her was.”

Detective Sarah Lee said: “This is a great result, Thompson is a dangerous and violent offender who subjected his partner to a horrific attack.

“Domestic violence is a priority for Cumbria Constabulary and we take a proactive and sensitive approach to investigating incidents which are reported to us.

“Help is always available for victims of abuse. I would encourage anyone who feels they may be a victim or has concerns for someone they know to contact police.

“Anyone experiencing domestic abuse can feel reassured that all reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

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