He then "took it out on her" by pulling her hair
A man from Leicester subjected his partner to a series of sickening assaults.
Raj Sidpara, aged 47, subjected the woman to three separate assaults, including holding her captive in a car for nearly four hours.
He continued harassing her even after he was arrested and released on police bail.
Leicester Crown Court heard that the couple had known each other for more than a decade prior to starting a relationship in October 2020.
Almas Ben-Aribia, prosecuting, said that within two weeks, Sidpara became violent towards his partner.
The first incident happened when she got out of the car against his wishes.
Sidpara ran after his partner and headbutted her “between the eyes”, causing dizziness and a golf ball-sized lump on her forehead.
Miss Ben-Aribia said: “Afterwards he took her to his home and put ice on the swelling.
“She told family and friends she had tripped and fallen over.”
On December 20, 2020, he was annoyed about something happening in his life.
He then “took it out on her” by pulling her hair and punching her in the face, causing bruising.
During the attack, two of her fingernails “came straight off”.
Miss Ben-Aribia said: “She confided in friends about it and was encouraged to get out of the relationship, but she didn’t.”
By February 3, 2021, Sidpara was constantly calling her and became angry when she switched off her phone for work meetings.
He claimed he was worried about her.
She met with him later that night and they went for a drive at around 11 pm.
But when she said she could only stay for an hour, he began making threats towards her family, saying he would petrol bomb her house, “making reference to the window of the room her daughter slept in”.
Sidpara then became agitated and began raising his voice when his partner rang her mother.
She tried to calm him, saying he had promised he would not be violent again, but he said:
“I’ve changed my mind.”
Miss Ben-Aribia said: “With a key in his hand he said was going to scratch her eyes out and stab her, before grabbing her hand tightly, causing soreness, and jabbing her in the side with key, which was painful.
“During a tussle, he elbowed her in the face.
“She spent several hours trying to get out of the car and when she attempted to open the door he warned ‘try that and see what happens’.”
The woman was taken home at 3:45 am and later described it as the “longest four hours of my life”.
Sidpara was arrested and released on police bail on condition that he would not contact the victim.
However, he messaged her on WhatsApp and Instagram, calling her a “bitch” and “slag”.
In a victim impact statement, the woman said the ordeal left her suffering from depression, anxiety, flashbacks and panic attacks.
She added that she wants no further contact with him.
Sidpara’s previous convictions included battery, harassment and several offences of public disorder.
He admitted two counts of causing actual bodily harm, one of assaulting by beating and harassment.
In mitigation, Pree Brada said: “He acknowledges he had some difficulties during the relationship, having lost his father during the pandemic which built up emotional issues and he was misusing alcohol, trying to cope.
“He accepts he shouldn’t have behaved in that way and is remorseful.”
Recorder Steven Gasztowicz QC said the assaults were “serious and sustained” incidents, including punches, a forceful headbutt and using a key as a weapon.
He said: “You then harassed the complainant having completely disregarded the fact you’d been arrested [for assaulting her] and were on bail.”
Sidpara was jailed for 22-and-a-half months.
He also received a five-year restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim or her family.