Northampton man jailed after sickening attack on Christmas Day left woman with broken ribs and collapsed lung

Crown Court GV'
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A 47-year-old Northampton man who broke a woman’s ribs and damaged her spleen after he repeatedly kicked and punched her on Christmas Day is likely to serve two years and two months in jail.

Graham Cochrane, of Chepstow Close, St James, launched a violent attack on the woman after he became jealous that she was talking to another man.

Northampton Crown Court heard Cochrane and the woman were with friends on December 25 last year and had consumed alcohol as well as drugs.

Gary Short, prosecuting, said Cochrane launched an unprovoked attack on the woman and began repeatedly hitting her in the face until she lost consciousness.

The court heard the victim then came round and felt Cochrane kicking her in the stomach so hard her head was banging against the wall.

Mr Short said: “The woman cried out for help and Cochrane delivered his last kick. Another person in the address raised the alarm.

“The woman managed to get to the toilet and vomited blood.”

After being taken to hospital the woman was treated for bruising to her face, haemorrhaging in her abdomen, a cut to her spleen, lower rib fractures and minor collapse of the lungs.

She did not require any surgical treatment but stayed in hospital for five days.

Cochrane pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Recorder Kevin Hegarty QC said it was a “very serious assault”. He sentenced Cochrane to four years and four months in jail. He is likely to serve half this sentence before being released on licence.