"He then punched her in the face"
Waqas Khan, aged 34, of Darwen, was jailed for two years and three months after he punched his ex-girlfriend, causing her to lose a tooth.
He appeared at Preston Crown Court charged with causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of breaching a non-molestation order imposed on him in May 2021.
The order was made in respect of his ex-partner, Lauren Entwistle, who was also the mother of his two-year-old son.
Miss Entwistle applied for the application after two years of violence at the hands of Khan, which began while she was pregnant.
Four months after the order was imposed, Khan turned up at his ex-girlfriend’s home with his cousin at around 1 am on September 2021, demanding to be let in.
Alison Heyworth, prosecuting, said:
“Miss Entwistle refused the defendant entry but he banged on the door and forced his way inside.
“They began arguing about their child as social services had recently become involved.
“He pushed her into the couch and she told him to leave. He then punched her in the face with his right fist and knocked one of her teeth out and left two hanging by a thread.
“He then told her she deserved it before running from the house, leaving Miss Entwistle covered in blood.
“She needed emergency treatment on her mouth as well as medication for pain.
“She suffered bruises and lacerations to her mouth.”
Later that day, Khan was arrested but during the police interview, he refused to comment.
He initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea just before the case was set to go on trial.
Defending, Betsy Hindle said her client had two other offences on his record, both unrelated matters.
Judge Philip Parry said: “You instilled in your victim fear and terror, you were yelling and shouting and it was frightening.
“Like a coward and a bully you then punched her fully in the face which left a tooth fully out and left two hanging by a thread.
“What wickedly and cowardly behaviour by you, with your child and your niece present.”
“Your barrister said only moments ago that you regretted your actions immediately, but that is nonsense as what you said to her was ‘you deserved that’ and ran from the house.
“I don’t for one minute think you accept your culpability for your actions that night.
“Your actions have had a significant impact on Lauren Entwistle and you are assessed by probation to have a risk of re-offending.”
Khan was jailed for two years and three months.
He was also issued a five-year restraining order, preventing him from contacting his ex-girlfriend.