Violent ‘bully’ dragged near-naked girlfriend outside by her hair at Christmas

A violent “bully” who dragged his near-naked girlfriend out of his home by her hair on Christmas Day has been jailed.

Paul Stacey, 51, and his then girlfriend were drinking on Christmas Eve before they returned home at 3.30am, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

An argument broke out before Stacey pushed the victim into a coffee table and began punching her.

The car mechanic threw her around the room and out of the flat before dragging her back inside.

In another row four days later Stacey repeatedly kicked and punched his partner in the face before throwing her out into an alleyway in just her underwear.

He also put chewing gum in her hair.

Matthew Hodgetts, prosecuting, said: “Things then escalated because after pulling her back inside his flat he pulled out a kitchen knife, held it to her face and pushed the point cutting her cheek.”

He added that Stacey then locked the flat when he went out to stop her from leaving the property.

After the victim reported the incidents to police, Stacey called asking her to drop the charges which led to his arrest.

Stacey, from Sheerness, Kent, was jailed for two years after he admitted two assaults and intimidating a witness on the day of his trial.

He was also ordered to stay away from his former partner for five years.

Judge Philip Statman told him that “peace and goodwill” should have been uppermost in his mind on Christmas Eve.

He added: “Instead you behaved wholly in a bullying and intimidating way.”

As he was led away, Stacey told the judge: “Sorry, I hope you stay safe and well.”

Kent Police detective Gavin Humphrey said: ‘Stacey is a controlling and aggressive individual who subjected his victim to two brutal and degrading assaults.

“In coming forward, she showed tremendous bravery and she must be commended for her actions.

He added: “Victims of domestic abuse do not have to suffer in silence, if you are being controlled or assaulted please come forward and escape the cycle of abuse.

“There is a wealth of support available and you may be preventing someone else from unknowingly getting into a relationship with an abuser.”

Police used the abuse to remind people about Clare’s Law, which enables anyone to ask police about the history of a partner of a close friend or family member.