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Thug stamped on partner's face during drunken attack

A thug punched his partner and stamped on her face in a brutal drunken attack, a court heard.

Kenneth Simpson photo
Kenneth Simpson

Kenneth Simpson inflicted horrific facial injuries on the woman during the “sustained” assault in Maryport on Christmas Eve.

Simpson, of Sandy Lonning, Netherton, Maryport, was jailed for two years after admitting the attack on partner Jane Gartland.

Members of his family shouted out in disbelief in the courtroom as sentence was passed down.

Carlisle Crown Court was shown footage from a bodycam worn by a police officer who was called following the incident.

The distressed victim could be seen sobbing as a huge bloody swollen lump had formed around her right eye. She told the officer “Kenny stamped on me” when asked what had happened.

The woman was later recorded saying: “Kenny Simpson stamped on my face twice and I dialled 999” while sat in an ambulance.

“He tried to take the phone off me,” she added before the camera was switched off.

The court heard how Simpson, 43, and his partner had been drinking before the assault. Ms Gartland had sought refuge between two parked cars after the first blow.

But Simpson continued the attack, stamping on her face and punching her in the head, the court heard.

Afterwards Ms Gartland had made a brief 999 call during which the operator said she appeared extremely frightened of something.

Simpson was arrested and was compliant at first but later began kicking and shouting.

He initially denied inflicting the injuries and accused Ms Gartland of getting in a fight earlier and attacking him, but Simpson had no injuries, the court heard.

The attack had been carried out while Simpson was serving a suspended sentence, imposed last September, for a similar assault on Ms Gartland. On that occasion members of the public witnessed him punch her three times and stamp on her face leaving her covered in blood.

Simpson had also assaulted a police officer and refused to provide a breath or blood specimen as he had been suspected of driving, the court was told.

After trying to punch the officer and missing, Simpson then spat at him covering him in saliva and blood.

Alison Whalley, defending, said Simpson was remorseful and has no intention of reconciling with Ms Gartland, who she said was reluctant to be filmed by the Bodycam.

And he had managed to give up drink and drugs after his brother died following an overdose, she added.

But Judge Peter Hughes QC told Simpson: “Let me make it plain to you that no person should ever be treated in the way you plainly treated her that night.”

Judge Hughes also described the attack as “simply unacceptable”.


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