Woman beaten after cat vomited on bed

A WOMAN was brutally attacked by her partner after her cat was sick on their bed.

Vicki Carling was thrown on a sofa, kicked, punched and had her handbag set on fire after John Hewitt, 46, of Moorside, Cleckheaton, set upon her, Bradford Crown Court heard.

It happened at her home in Bingley last September after they returned from a night out to find her cat had been sick.

Hewitt first kicked the pet but then turned on Miss Carling, who tried to flee downstairs.

Nicoleta Alistari, prosecuting, said Hewitt caught up with her and threw her on the sofa, where he beat her. Miss Carling suffered injuries including a cut to her left eyelid and bruises to her arm.

Hewitt pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding.

Ash Mahmood, for Hewitt, said his client had been under stress due to his father being extremely ill. He added: “He fully accepts that what he did was appalling behaviour but it was out of character."

Recorder Simon Hirst gave Hewitt a 15-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

He was also told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, pay £2,500 compensation, £2,000 costs, a victim surcharge and undergo alcohol treatment.

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