A violent bully brutally attacked his heavily pregnant girlfriend with a Samurai sword after accusing her of cheating on him.
Jealous Peter Symonds angrily tried to strangle the woman, held a craft knife near her face and viciously punched her, a court heard.
The 45-year-old, of Applegarth Close, Cleethorpes, admitted assaulting his ex-girlfriend, causing actual bodily harm, on April 14.
Phillip Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that the woman was 38 weeks pregnant at the time and she was not sure whether Symonds was the father.
Symonds accused her of being unfaithful and an argument erupted, the Grimsby Telegraph reported .
He punched her and pushed her on to a bed and told her I told you what would happen if I caught you.
Symonds called her a slut and a w***e and told her that he had warned her that, if she cheated on him, he would kill her.
He put his hands around her throat and tried to strangle her.
She felt herself going light-headed and dizzy, said Mr Evans.
Symonds tightened his grip and told the woman If you tell me the truth, I will stop.
He removed his hands but continued to call her abusive names.
He hit her in the face and grabbed a sheathed Samurai sword, which he used to hit her on the back. She feared that she was going to be killed.
Symonds kneed her in the face, pulled out a craft knife and held it to her nose, causing a cut.
He later left, leaving her with injuries including bruises, a cut and a scratch.
Michael Masson, mitigating, said that Symonds was ashamed of his actions.
It was a turbulent and difficult relationship.
Symonds had suffered a drug addiction since 2012 when he lost his job as a merchant seaman.
There was an argument about infidelity but a paternity test revealed that the father of the baby girl, who had since been born, was Symonds.
Deputy circuit judge Robert Moore said it was the third time that Symonds had assaulted his ex-girlfriend.
It was a sustained attack on a vulnerable victim who was heavily pregnant.
Symonds was jailed for two years and was given a six-year restraining order.
The sentence included a consecutive three months for breaching a community order.
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