Escaped prisoner punched and kicked ex-partner while on the loose
An escaped prisoner who punched, kicked and spat at his former partner while on the loose has been jailed for three years.
‘Career criminal’ John Elliott left HMP Hatfield to attend his father’s funeral and was not arrested for eight months, Bradford Crown Court heard today.
Elliott, 41, whose address is now HMP Leeds after being recalled to serve the remainder of a three-year sentence for burglary, attacked the woman three times in the space of five days.
He pleaded guilty to escaping from lawful custody on October 11, 2020 and three counts of assault causing actual bodily harm between June 12 and June 16 last year.
Prosecutor Timothy Jacobs said Elliott left the jail open after being denied permission to attend the funeral due to Covid restrictions.
He was offered a video link to the service, but he was determined to be there in person.
While at large he went to stay at the woman’s home in Bradford, Mr Jacobs said. She had doubts but agreed to welcome him.
On June 12, he attacked her during an argument over money, pushing and punching her up to six times before putting his hand around her throat, then kicking and kicking her. to trample her.
A woman in the apartment with them said, “Please stop, you’ll kill her.”
The victim suffered a black eye and bruised arms, Mr Jacobs said.
Elliott then returned twice uninvited to her home to assault her again.
The next day he spat on her, grabbed her and tore out clumps of her hair.
The final attack came after he entered her home and punched her in the face, injuring her lip as she tried to stop him from climbing out the window.
During her arrest, Elliott claimed that someone else attacked her, maintaining her plea of not guilty until the day of her trial.
Ken Green said in mitigation that Elliott was “a career criminal” who had spent most of his adult life behind bars, but not for violent crimes.
He left the open jail after first being allowed to attend the funeral, then denied permission.
Mr Green admitted he should have surrendered after the funeral instead of remaining free.
Recorder Simon Eckersley jailed Elliott for 32 months for the assaults with four consecutive months for escape.
He issued a five-year restraining order to protect the woman from him in the future.