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Man jailed for kicking girlfriend's face like football

By Court Reporter 28/02 Updated: 29/02 11:53

A MAN who ‘lost it’ and attacked his girlfriend - kicking her face like a football after knocking her down on her back onto a broken bottle - has been jailed.

James Goodfellow launched his vicious attack on Kimberley McManus after her former boyfriend was mentioned during a party at their home on New Year’s Eve.

And at Warwick Crown Court, 22-year-old Goodfellow, of Bath Street, was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to wounding Miss McManus during the incident on December 31.

Prosecutor Andrew Smith said Goodfellow had been in a relationship with Miss McManus for about 15 months by the end of last year, and they had a two-month-old daughter together.

On New Year’s Eve the baby girl was staying elsewhere while the couple had four friends round to their home for a small party, where Goodfellow was ‘drinking to quite some degree, having eaten little or nothing.’

Everything seemed to be amicable until the later part of the night when the subject of Miss McManus’s former boyfriend came up in conversation.

Goodfellow took exception to that and the tension increased until, at around 11.30pm when the two of them were alone in a room, he spat on the floor in front of her.

When she remonstrated with him, asking what had made him so angry, he hurled a bottle at the wall, causing it to smash, and then broke a wine glass by throwing it to the floor.

He then took hold of her by her hair, pulled her head back and hit her at least twice to the face with his clenched fist.

She fell to the floor and was in immediate pain as she landed on shards of broken glass which caused a deep penetrating wound to her back.

Goodfellow then kicked her at least twice to the face. Miss McManus said it felt as though her head was ‘a football being kicked.’

One of their guests, Nicola Hunt, then came into the room and tried to stop the attack, and eventually Goodfellow stopped and left the room, but then returned and grabbed Miss McManus, telling her: “I hate you.”

Miss McManus and her friend then went outside to call the police, but he followed them out and twice grabbed her round the throat, leaving marks on her neck.

When the police arrived Goodfellow was initially uncooperative, but after he was arrested he accepted he had ‘just completely lost it’ but tried to play down what he had done, added Mr Smith.

Nick Devine, defending, said: “There is genuine remorse for what happened that night. He is very sorry for what he did. It has left him with an overwhelming sense of shame and remorse.”

Mr Devine said that although Goodfellow had been on bail with a condition of having no contact with Miss McManus, she had been in contact with his father and has ‘some hope this relationship can be saved.’

A pre-sentence report recommended a community sentence, but Judge Trevor Faber decided a prison sentence was 'inevitable' and jailed him.

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