Boyfriend locked up for kicking partner 'like a football'
BRUTAL boyfriend David Samwell angrily brandished a knife and menaced his "petrified" girlfriend with it after warning her that he would kill her, a court heard.
He tried to strangle her, had a "crazy look in his eye" and threatened her with the knife before repeatedly kicking her "like a football" so badly that she thought she was going to die, the court was told.
Samwell, 52, of Grainsby Avenue, Holton-le-Clay, admitted assaulting Charlene Armstrong, causing actual bodily harm, on October 27.
Gordon Stables, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that the couple had an on-off relationship for about 10 years before splitting up after the birth of their son. She branded Samwell an alcoholic and told the court he had been a heroin user and a drug dealer.
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He sent her text messages warning her: "Your days are numbered."
Samwell barged into her home, shouted "I'm going to kill this bitch" and had a "crazy look in his eye". He grabbed an eight-inch-bladed knife and she was "scared witless".
Samwell grabbed her by the throat and squeezed. As she was being strangled, he had hold of the knife and repeatedly warned her: "I'm going to kill you" until he was almost screaming. She was crying.
"She was petrified," said Mr Stables. "He was enraged and grabbed hold of her. She thought she was going to die."
Samwell kicked her in the stomach "like a football again and again" as well as on the head and legs. Miss Armstrong was left huddled in the hallway but he held a knife near her neck and "she felt as though she was fighting for her life".
The door opened and she jumped up and ran out of the house. He came out of the house with the knife in his hand and walked off.
Richard Butters, mitigating, said Samwell was angry at the time and admitted he behaved very badly. He had no intention of using the knife and regretted his actions. He denied pushing the knife in her stomach and dragging her by her hair.
Samwell was jailed for 15 months.