HEAVY drinker Kelvin Chell hit his partner in the face up to four times – moments after revealing he wanted to end their relationship.
The 36-year-old left Zoe Platt with bruised eyes and swelling to her forehead after she confronted him about their possible split.
Now Chell has been jailed for 25 weeks after admitting assaulting Miss Platt.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the couple had been together for three years.
But by August 24 last year their relationship was coming to an end.
Prosecutor Joanne Wallbanks said: “They were together at her flat. He told her he intended to leave. She took that badly. There was a physical confrontation. He struck her to her face three or four times and left.”
Chell, formerly of Carryer Place, Poolfields, Newcastle, answered no comment to questions in his police interview. But he later pleaded guilty to assault.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said both Chell and Miss Platt had a problem with alcohol at the time of the incident.
Mr Holt said: “The incident stemmed from his desire to leave the relationship.”
The court heard Chell now has a new partner and has significantly reduced the amount he drinks.
Mr Holt added: “He is in a settled relationship, and in a very settled job. He does not wish to have any further contact with the complainant.”
Mr Holt asked Judge Paul Glenn to avoid sending Chell to jail after arguing society would be better protected if he was given the chance to work with the probation service.
But the judge said the offence was so serious that the defendant had to be jailed.
Judge Glenn said: “You have a propensity for violence.
“Zoe Platt was your partner and you plainly both had difficulties with alcohol.
“You fell out on August 24 and you struck her a number of blows, you say no more than three or four. But they were obviously with some force because they caused significant bruising and swelling and she was left feeling shocked and scared.
“The problem with you seems to be when you are in drink, you can’t control your temper.
“You are a big man. To hit her three or four times and that seems to be unnecessary on any show.”