Jail for plumber who hit girlfriend with stiletto

Kieron Brown
Kieron Brown

A plumber who repeatedly assaulted his partner after being fuelled by drink and jealousy has been jailed for 27 months.

Keiron Brown (38), of no fixed address, appeared before Burnley Crown Court after admitting three counts of assault causing actual bodily harm, one assault and an allegation of harassment, against his girlfriend Leanne Groom.

On the first occasion, in October 2012, the defendant, who had been drinking, left Miss Groom with bruising and swelling after hitting her on the knees with a stiletto heel. In the second instance, in May, he kicked her, pulled her hair and pinned her to the wall, before lifting her by the neck. In both instances, she said she was too frightened to give a statement.

But in June the victim was said to express embarrassment, stating “I can’t believe I have allowed him to abuse me and control me for so long”. The admission came when the victim was “backhanded across the face”, after the couple had been out together in Hebden Bridge.

Miss Groom had grabbed the defendant’s neck in self-defence, but had consequently been pushed to the floor, strangled and punched in the ribs, while Brown shouted abuse. She could not breathe, and was taken to hospital.

In August, Brown “backhanded” the victim again, after accusing her of infidelity.

But Burnley Crown Court also heard how the defendant, who also assaulted a former partner, “took a turn for the worse” when he was in his 20s and his mother died.

Defending, Joanna Rodikis said the defendant had expressed “remorse and regret”, and was also said to have a “strong work ethic”.

Passing sentence, Recorder Roderick Carus QC said: “The fault lies in you – it is a serious fault, and you ought to be very worried about it.

“Some people are affected by drink, and it looks like you are one of them.”

Speaking after the case Miss Groom said: “I am grateful for all the support I’ve had from SafeNet and the police in bringing the case to court.”