A man who scared his girlfriend into jumping from a toilet window and breaking her back has been jailed.
Curtis Thomas Peachment, 28, violently attacked his girlfriend before she managed to lock herself in the bathroom of his home in Northamptonshire in 2019.
But when Peachment began to break down the door at his house in Daventry the unidentified woman tried to flee to safety by plunging to the ground below, Northampton Crown Court heard.
She was rushed to hospital where medics found she had fractured vertebrae, cut her head, bruised her eye and had a swollen lip.
Peachment was convicted of false imprisonment and harassment and was been jailed for two years and four months on Monday.
The February 2017 incident took place after Peachment and his now ex-girlfriend were getting ready for a night out on and he berated her for what she was wearing.
They went out to a local bar but Peachment made her feel so uncomfortable that they cut the night short and returned home just after midnight.
When they arrived at his address, he immediately began criticising her clothing choices, before the woman made to leave and put on her shoes.
But Peachment flew into a rage and pulled her shoes off, throwing them across the room and telling her that she was not allowed to go.
He hit her and pushed her before she persuaded him to let her go to the bathroom.
But when she locked the door, Peachment became angry again and tried to break into the bathroom.
That scared the woman enough to climb out of the first-floor window and jump to the floor below.
Despite screaming at him not to touch her, Peachment picked her up and took her back into the house before locking the door, the court heard.
An ambulance was called a short time later.
Peachment had pleaded guilty to harassment and was convicted by a jury of false imprisonment on May 10.
On Monday he was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting the woman, who has not been named by police.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Rupert Mayo said: ‘You are arrogant and have shown no remorse.’
Detective Constable Andrea Taylor, who led the investigation for Northamptonshire Police, praised the bravery of the victim following the case.
She said: ‘The woman in this case is absolutely overjoyed that Curtis Peachment has been sent to prison and that she now has a restraining order which prevents him from contacting her.
‘She has been so brave and I am really very proud of her.
‘Peachment, like so many abusers, used violence and fear as a form of control.
‘But this woman fought back – realising she deserved better, contacting us, and supporting our investigation with quiet resolve until the very end.’
Ms Taylor continued: ‘I cannot overstate the courage it takes for someone who has experienced abuse like this not only to come forward and tell the police, but to support a prosecution, and I want to make it clear to others out there who feel it an insurmountable task to get out of an abusive relationship – please come forward because we can help you.
‘I am very passionate about helping people in these situations and bringing the offenders of these crimes to justice and I hope this case shows that
Northamptonshire Police will take reports like this with the seriousness and diligence that they deserve and fight to get them justice.’
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