North Tyneside dad fractured partner's eye socket and broke her nose after being locked out

Michael Pyle was given a suspended sentence
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A North Tyneside dad fractured his partner's eye socket and broke her nose in an attack after being locked out.

Michael Pyle, 26, carried out the violent attack on his partner after she locked him out of the house after growing tired of his behaviour on April 26 this year. The assault was said to have stemmed from a "misunderstanding" after Pyle believed she'd had another man at the home.

On Wednesday, Pyle, of St Stephen's Way, Percy Main, appeared at Newcastle's Moot Hall, via link from HMP Durham, to be sentenced for section 20 wounding. He was given a suspended sentence.

The court heard that the victim and Pyle had been in a relationship for around two years and had a child together. However, as the relationship progressed, the woman decided she'd "had enough".

Neil Jones, prosecuting, said: "She [felt] she was walking on egg shells and told him she wanted him out of the house. When he went to see his friend, she locked the door and packed up his stuff and put it out of the door. She said she'd had enough of his lies."

Pyle then responded by calling the woman "abusive names" and pleaded with her to be let in. She eventually let Pyle back into the house - but it wasn't long before things turned violent.

Mr Jones continued: "He grabbed her by the neck and pushed her towards the cupboard, he was strangling her. She kicked him to get him off and he punched her in the face." Pyle then involved one of the woman's other children, asking, 'did mam have a man in the house?' He then began "consoling" the other children there.

The court heard that the woman ran away, terrified, before calling the police from a bathroom. She was later taken to Cramlington Hospital where she was treated for a fractured eye socket and a broken nose.

The court was told Pyle had 15 previous convictions for 43 offences, including causing racially aggravated alarm or distress, grievous bodily harm, and knife possession. He had also committed battery offences against a previous partner and was given a suspended prison sentence last year for assaulting an emergency worker - which he was in breach of.

Tony Cornberg, defending, said that the victim had provided a "heartfelt letter" to the court urging the judge not to send Pyle to prison. He said he was working as a cleaner in prison and that the attack stemmed from a "misunderstanding", saying: "He thought she had brought her ex to the house."

He added Pyle hopes to become a personal trainer and has mental health issues. The court heard that the couple remain in a relationship.

Sentencing Pyle, Recorder Williams said he had a "worrying and extensive criminal record" and handed him 15 months prison, suspended for two years. He must pay a £500 fine and undertake 240 hours unpaid work and a 30 day 'building better relationships' programme. A 120 day alcohol abstinence programme was also imposed.