Boyfriend jailed over terrifying assaults

Lee Moore has been jailed for assaulting his girlfriend
Lee Moore has been jailed for assaulting his girlfriend

A Whitby man who attacked his girlfriend so viciously that she thought she was going to die, was jailed for 15 months this week.

York Crown Court heard how Lee Moore subjected his partner to a savage and sustained attack, which included biting her on the face and threatening to fire a stun gun at her.

He also rained punches down on her face and straddled her as she tried to break free during a beating so vicious she thought he was going to kill her.

The court heard how Moore, 24, went round to his victim’s house in Whitby in the early hours of September 26 last year.

An argument led to Moore striking his girlfriend repeatedly with punches that “made a mess of her face”, said judge Stephen Ashurst.

Moore, of Church Square, appeared for sentencing after a jury had earlier found him guilt of assault.

Andrew Semple, mitigating, said that the couple had a “combustible” relationship which had eventually resulted in them separating. However, his claims that there had been no bite were rejected by Judge Ashurt, who added: “This, in my view, was a really very nasty assault which has led to the victim being physically hurt and frightened for her well-being.”

He added that in his view Moore had been very jealous and suspicious and did not believe Moore’s claim that he had gone round ot the flat to pick up a suit for a funeral.

“What you did was to beat her in a significant way by striking a number of blows to her,” said Mr Ashurst.

“In the main you used your fists upon her, straddling her with your legs on her arms as she was struggling to get away from you.

“You also said that you had a stun gun and would use it on her, although there is no evidence that you had it on you.

“She thought you were going to kill her. You made a mess of her face and left her fearful for her safety.”

Mr Ashurst heard evidence from a police constable who said that when officers arrived at the scene the victim was crying and had several injuries to her face.

The judge said that Moore, who still denied the offence, had never shown any acknowledgement that he was at fault for the incident and had even tried to impart some of the blame on his former partner.

“There is a violent streak in you that needs to be curtailed,” added Mr Ashurst.

In sentencing Moore to 15 months in prison, the judge said he had no option but to impose a custodial sentence due to the seriousness of the offence, the defendant’s lack of remorse and his previous convictions for violence.

Mr Ashurst also ordered the continuation of a restraining order which prohibits Moore from going within 100 metres of his victim’s home and workplace.