A violent abuser has been jailed after confessing to assault as well as coercive and controlling behaviour that saw him throw a bottle of gin and a television at his partner – as well as beating her with a hammer.
Amir Hussain was jailed for three years and given a lifelong restraining order to keep him away from his victim after being sentenced in Newcastle Crown Court last week.
The 25-year-old was slammed by the court judge for carrying out a "prolonged campaign of appalling domestic abuse" which led to the victim losing six stone in weight and fearing for her safety.
Hussain had embarked on his romance with his female victim in February last year, with the romance said to have started "positively" and survived even when he was sent to prison for crimes relating to a bladed weapon.
However, things quickly deteriorated when Hussain moved in with his victim and their arguments turned violent.
ChronicleLive has given an account of the abusive behaviour and violent actions of Hussain including verbal insults including calling the victim a "fat ****" and telling her she had been "used and abused by other men and he was getting their leftovers".
It is reported he threw a broken television at her down a staircase, and also threw a bottle of gin at her.
On one occasion, the victim was reported to be left bleeding when she was punched from behind when she tried to abuse the violent relationship.
Hussain is also said to have struck the victim twice with a hammer and would beat her.
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Newcastle Crown Court heard that the victim was left "absolutely terrified" by her abuser and: "If the defendant moved even a toe she would flinch, fearing he was going to assault her for no reason."
The prosecuting team added that the victim was banned from having male friends by Hussain and that the victim now feels afraid to go out and that she is being followed.
They added: "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."
Sentencing Hussain to jail, the judge said: "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."
While defence lawyer Lewis Kerr claimed Hussain has achieved "enhanced" status in prison after already spending six months behind bars – and said Hussain plans to move to Leeds upon release.
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.
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