Woman subjected to terrifying street attack in Benwell by partner who disapproved of her going out

Fedras Al Najar, jailed for assault
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A woman was subjected to a terrifying street attack by her partner in which she was hit with her own shoe, punched, kicked, stamped on and had her head banged on the ground.

Fedras Al Najar flew into a rage because he disapproved of the woman going out with her friend. After drinking alcohol, he went looking for her and found her in the West End of Newcastle.

Al Najar, 36, of Ladykirk Road, Benwell, Newcastle, who fled war-torn Gaza and is seeking asylum in the UK, has now been locked up for 24 weeks after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Al Najar had been in a relationship with the woman for around 18 months when the attack happened on May 8 this year. Around 4.15am, a witness on Ellesmere Road, Benwell, was disturbed by a sound outside her house and looked out.

She saw Al Najar arguing with the woman next to a bus-stop then saw him pull her to the ground. One of her shoes fell off and he picked it up and used it to repeatedly hit her to the face.

Passing sentence, Recorder Richard Stubbs said: "The witness could hear the woman screaming hysterically and crying. You dropped the shoe and began to punch her repeatedly to the body.

"As she watched, the witness saw you take some steps back then go back in and punch her again, while appearing to be trying to push her back in towards the bus-stop to prevent her from leaving."

Police attended and found the woman injured and with blood around her mouth but she said nothing had happened. However officers obtained CCTV, which showed Al Najar punching, kicking, stamping and headbutting her, as well as hitting her round the head with one of her trainers.

Recorder Stubbs said: "The assault goes on for about five minutes. You threw street furniture at her, you beat her about the head and body with a shoe, you repeatedly punched and kicked her, you kicked her head more than once and stamped on her head when she was lying prone on the ground.

"The CCTV also shows you repeatedly bang her shoulders off the floor while her head is out of sight behind the bus-stop. Her head must have been banged repeatedly onto the pavement.

"Throughout this time she was not fighting back and did no more than try to protect herself. There are pauses when you appear to tire then you resume the assault again."

The court heard Al Najar has been in the UK since 2019 and is seeking asylum. He has no previous convictions but there have been two other domestic assault reports but his partner did not wish to support the prosecution and she did not support the case for which he was in court either.

Al Najar, who consumed a bottle of spirits at the time, said he didn't approve of the woman going out with a friend that night and eventually went looking for her. He told a probation officer that when he found her she was "out of her mind" and he was "concerned she might be associating with serious criminals or drug gangs", which led to an argument and the assault.

A pre-sentence report raised concerns about his attitudes towards women.

The court heard he fled Gaza, where his father and two sisters had been killed in the war. His four brothers and four sisters remain there.

Rachel Kelly, defending, said his upbringing has affected his mental health. She added: "He is deeply remorseful and is disgusted by his behaviour. He is utterly devastated."