Northampton man who knocked woman unconscious after pushing her head against a door given suspended jail sentence

Crown Court GV
Crown Court GV

A 26-year-old Northampton man who pushed a woman’s head on to a front door causing her to suffer a deep cut to her face has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Daniel Freeland, of Saltwell Square, Ecton Brook, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm and criminal damage.

The court heard Freeland attacked the woman in her own home in the early hours of May 31 this year.

Rachel Law, prosecuting, said Freeland verbally abused the woman before smashing her phone against a wall after she tried to call the police.

The victim then tried to get out of the house but was pushed against the front door by Freeland.

The woman was briefly knocked unconscious by the impact and suffered a number of injuries to her face including a cut to her forehead and a deep cut to her lip that required 10 stitches.

Ms Law said the cut was “down to the bone” and required the victim to stay in hospital for 10 hours.

She said: “The victim says she was petrified in a way that words cannot describe.”

Freeland, who has been in custody since the incident, was given a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for two years. He must also complete 220 hours of unpaid work.

The judge also issued a two-year restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim. He must also pay £180 costs.