Rainworth man Jonathan Bickerton beat up girlfriend on Christmas Day

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A RAINWORTH man who beat up his girlfriend in a ‘nasty assault’on Christmas Day has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Jonathan Bickerton (37), of Southwell Road East, knocked at the woman’s door at around teatime and she let him in her home.

They drank coffee but then he grabbed her by the hair and punched her repeatedly to the face, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

“He told her: ‘It’s all your fault’,” said prosecutor Andrew Tanser.

Bickerton left the house and his victim was taken to King’s Mill Hospital for treatment on her injuries.

“There was a cut to her nose, which was bleeding profusely and she had bruising to both eyes and her stomach,” said Mr Tanser.

When arrested by officers that evening Bickerton still had traces of the woman’s blood on his clothing.

He admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and the court was told had prior convictions for violence.

Bickerton had been to prison for dissimilar offences in the past.

In mitigation, it was said he was taking the heroin-substitute methadone.

The court was told he also said ‘I feel truly sick at what I have done’.

Judge Tony Mitchell told him: ‘Whatever came over you she did not deserve to be beaten up in the way you did. This was a nasty assault.”

The court was told it was not clear what caused him to blow up.

The judge said it wasn’t known whether it was the end of the relationship or something else.

Bickerton’s sentence was eight months’ prison suspended for two years, with probation supervision included as part of the sentence.