Jail for man who hit ex with dog chain

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A violent father has been jailed for three years after he hit his ex-partner with a metal dog chain and threatened to pour acid on her.

Ben Flood, 30, launched a vicious assault on Alma Comer at her Calderdale home last month, but Bradford Crown Court heard today (Fri) that the latest attack was only one of a number of violent incidents.

In February Flood, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, was released on licence from prison after serving part of an eight-month sentence for a previous attack on his former partner, but within weeks he was making contact with her again in breach of a restraining order.

Prosecutor Marie Harbin said the complainant allowed Flood to visit her home that night, but he became aggressive and abusive when they discussed a relationship she had had with another man.

Flood punched his ex in the face and then threw her across the room before telling her: “I’m going to murder you. I’m going to pour acid on you.” Ms Harbin said Flood left the house for a short time, but when he returned he kicked his victim while she was on the floor and began to hit her with a metal dog chain. At one stage Flood squeezed her throat and told her: “I hope you die.”

Flood had previously pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breaching the restraining order.

Barrister Stephen Wood, for Flood, said his client had expressed remorse when he was sober and had resigned himself to a lengthy custodial sentence.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC noted that Flood’s own hands were injured in a way consistent with him having given his victim a “savage beating”.

The judge imposed a concurrent 12 months in jail for breaching the restraining order.