Kirkby man jailed for threatening to kill his pregnant girlfriend with a sledgehammer

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A Kirkby man has been sent to prison for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and threatening to kill her with a sledgehammer.

Kyle Joseph Robert Hughes, of Kings Way, grabbed his girlfriend of three years around the throat, headbutted her several times and also held a sledgehammer above her head in a drunken frenzied attack on the 7th March.

She was scared and shouted at him to put it down. He put his hand around her neck and dropped the sledgehammer. She was scared and thought she was going to die.

Hughes threatened to attack their dogs if they didn’t do as he said, and made repeated racist comments.

He then flipped the sofa and pulled the fireplace off the wall. He then used a sledgehammer to smash plates, walls, a coffee table, and mirror.

The victim ran into the upstairs bedroom but Hughes followed her. He said: “Stop crying or I will smash your face in.”

Rosie Wyld, prosecuting, said: “He grabbed her with both hands tightly and pushed her onto the bed and then picked up and raised it above his shoulders, spitting at the same time. He shouted at her, “Do you want me to smash your face in? I will kill you”.

“She was scared and shouted at him to put it down. He put his hand around her neck and dropped the sledgehammer. She was scared and thought she was going to die. She fought hard to push him away.”

The victim managed to get away and called the police and they arrived to take control of Hughes.

He told police he could not remember making any threats but did not contest it happened. He apologised for his actions.

During sentencing district judge Diana Baker said: “I must impose a custodial sentence. This was a prolonged incident of domestic violence. It was a breach of trust. This lady was your partner and 18 weeks pregnant carrying your child.

“You used your head as a weapon on five separate occasions. Then you threatened her with a sledgehammer. She was terrified and sobbing.”

She said the victim was lucky not to suffer physical injuries, but would suffer emotionally in future because of the attack.

“It was only brought to an end as the police arrived.”

He was given 16 weeks in prison for assault by beating, and 16 weeks for criminal damage, which will run concurrently. He was led away from the Mansfield Magistrates’ courtroom down to the cells by security staff.

He was also ordered to pay £80 victim surcharge.

A two-year restraining order was also imposed - and he may be present at the birth of the child if the woman chooses to have him there.

In mitigation, Mark Stocks said Hughes had suffered with mental health issues and his GP had arranged a mental health assessment and is taking anti-psychotic medication.

He said: “I can’t disagree with the unpleasantness of this case, but deserves credit that from the outset, Despite not being able to recall the incident, has never sought to minimise his actions.”