"If the defendant moved even a toe she would flinch"
Amir Hussain, aged 25, of Sunderland, was jailed for three years for carrying out months of violent abuse upon his terrified partner.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that his behaviour saw him throw a TV and a gin bottle at her as well as striking her with a hammer.
Helen Towers, prosecuting, said the couple’s relationship began “positively” in February 2019 and lasted even when Hussain was jailed for having a bladed article.
Hussain quickly moved in with the woman and the relationship deteriorated. During arguments, he began to “push and shove” her.
During the campaign of domestic abuse, Hussain verbally abused her which included calling her a “fat ****” and telling her she had been “used and abused by other men and he was getting their leftovers”.
He threw a broken television at her down a staircase and also threw a bottle of gin at her.
On one occasion, the woman was left bleeding when she was punched from behind after she tried to leave.
Hussain also struck her with a hammer to the arm and hip.
Miss Towers said the victim ended up “absolutely terrified” of Hussain and added:
“If the defendant moved even a toe she would flinch, fearing he was going to assault her for no reason.”
The woman was so scared of Hussain’s violent behaviour that she hid in bushes outside her home for three hours one night in an attempt to keep away from him.
Miss Towers explained that the victim felt unable to go anywhere without Hussain, was not allowed male friends and now feels like a “lost person in a massive world” who is afraid to go out and constantly feels like she is being followed.
She said: “During the relationship, she lost approximately six stone.
“She is concerned, upon the defendant’s release from prison, he will come to her property and kill her.”
Hussain admitted controlling and coercive behaviour and assault. It was heard that he has a previous conviction for using violence on an ex-partner and her sister.
Lewis Kerr, defending, said Hussain has achieved “enhanced” status in prison and works in the laundry. Mr Kerr added that his client plans to move to Leeds upon his release.
Mr Recorder Ian Mullarkey said Hussain used “multiple methods” of control and told him:
“The complainant was left in a constant state of fear as to when she might be assaulted by you.”
“It is apparent this offending has had a significant and long-lasting effect on her.
“She speaks of losing weight, six stone and now constantly looking over her shoulder and living in fear.
“This was a prolonged campaign of appalling domestic abuse.”
Sunderland Echo reported that Hussain was jailed for three years. He also received a lifelong restraining order to keep him away from the victim.