A drunken thug left his former partner dripping with blood from a facial cut after a late-night domestic attack.

‪Brett Michael Todd’s violence, on May 6, occurred only two months after he received a suspended jail term for a raft of offences, including an assault on his ex.

‪The pair had stayed together the previous night and went to her property on May 5 when they spent the evening together, drinking wine.

‪She fell asleep but was woken at about midnight by Todd, 32, in the doorway, holding her phone and shouting.

‪She asked for the handset back and he threw it at her.

Prosecutor Helena Williams told Carlisle Crown Court: “There was blood dripping down her face, on the covers of the bed and on her hand.

“She had a cut to her upper left cheek.”

‪After making an initial statement, the woman found a smashed beaker in her bed with sharp edges covered, she thought, with blood.

“She believes that is maybe what caused the injury,” said Miss Williams.

‪After the woman protested, Todd threatened to cut his own face and retrieved a knife from the kitchen.

After locking herself in a bathroom, she thought she might have accidentally phoned a third party, who heard her shouts of “no” and “don’t”, and called police.

“The complainant describes Mr Todd as acting loud, aggressive and angry, and said that she was feeling scared,” added the prosecutor.

When arrested and taken into custody, Todd started to resist and lash out at officers.

He admitted actual bodily harm assault and violent behaviour in a police station.

“It is clearly not pre-meditated,” said his lawyer, Sean Harkin.

“There are mitigating factors.

“It is a single blow. The defendant is sorry. He acknowledges he has a problem with drink.”

Judge Nicholas Barker jailed Todd, of Priory Drive, Cleator Moor, for 10 months and added 12 consecutive weeks for breaching the earlier sentence.

“That was a reckless and potentially extremely dangerous act,” he said of an attack which caused scarring.

“Had it collided with her eye, it could have caused permanent damage to her face.”

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