Jail for Scunthorpe man who 'battered' woman after she rejected advances
A woman was subjected to a "ferocious" attack and was badly "battered" after rejecting a Scunthorpe man's advances towards her in his flat, a court heard.
The attack was so vicious that it left the flat splattered with blood and she was "knocked senseless", the court was told.
Desmond McGuone, 57, of Princess House, Scunthorpe, admitted assaulting Katrina Overton, causing actual bodily harm on May 14.
Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Miss Overton, 56, was introduced to McGuone in a Scunthorpe pub and they were drinking together.
He signed her in to a club and later invited her back to his flat.
He opened a bottle of whisky and poured glasses for them both. He denied there was any sexual intention.
Judge David Tremberg told the court that it seemed McGuone invited Miss Overton into his bedroom and, when she refused, he "knocked her senseless".
He said McGuone launched a "ferocious, sustained attack" on Miss Overton and repeatedly hit her about the face, causing serious injuries.
Mr Adlington told the court Miss Overton was "extensively battered" and suffered serious bruising but the prosecution had "no real idea" of what actually happened during the attack, "just the end result".
He said Miss Overton was taken to hospital and there was "blood splattered over the flat" during the "ferocious assault".
In a victim impact statement, Miss Overton said the attack had a "massive impact" on her life and she claimed she was now afraid to go out and that she suffered nightmares. The memory of the incident would last with her forever, she said.
Richard Hackfath, mitigating, said neither of the pair could remember much about the incident.
He said McGuone was normally a friendly and pleasant man and people who knew him could not believe he would have acted in this way.
He was "extremely remorseful" and could not explain his behaviour.
Mr Hackfath said: "His intentions towards the complainant began as being friendly.
"He was in her company with friendly intentions."
McGuone, who had no previous convictions, had been in custody for 52 days.
He was jailed for two years.