Woman’s ‘disastrous’ injuries at hands of boyfriend

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A 52-year-old man who claimed to have suffered a ‘black-out’ during a brutal attack on his girlfriend has been jailed for nine years.

Andrew Hall repeatedly stamped on Karen Jude’s face and head as she lay on the floor of the bedroom of her flat in Bradford, but after the attack changed his blood-soaked trainers, locked the door and drove her car onto the nearby moors at Ilkley intending to kill himself.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how the 40-year-old mother-of-three suffered ‘disastrous’ injuries and has to be cared for by her 20-year-old daughter.

Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie told the court that after the attack in March Hall, who had no previous convictions, telephoned his daughter, a serving police officer, and told her: “I’ve battered Karen...it’s too late now. Get Karen an ambulance.”

Mr Ritchie said when officers arrived at the flat they had to force their way in and found Mrs Jude lying at the side of the double bed. Although she was conscious her face was severely swollen and she was bleeding from her ear.

While Mrs Jude was being taken to hospital police officers used Hall’s mobile phone calls to help locate her car. Hall had taken a large quantity of his girlfriend’s prescribed medication but was given first aid at the scene and taken to hospital.

During questioning Hall insisted that he could not recall the attack and claimed that their relationship had been perfect.

Hall, who had been living with Mrs Jude at Gerard House, Fairhaven Green, since becoming estranged from his own wife, claimed to have suffered eight or nine ‘black outs’ and said he was unable to explain why neighbours had heard screaming around the time of the attack.

But the court heard that Mrs Jude had become ‘fed up’ with Hall’s behaviour and was not happy about his drinking.

Hall, who pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, was made the subject of an indefinite restraining order which bans him from contacting his victim directly or indirectly.