Drunken thug left ex girlfriend’s new partner with blood pouring from his face

A drunken thug viciously punched his former girlfriend’s new partner which left him with blood pouring from his face and a number of fractures.

As a result of the attack by Justin Emms, 46, the victim has suffered ongoing nerve damage and a loss of sensation to his face as a result.

He is now worried that he will be permanently damaged from the “appalling” and “disgraceful” attack on him in the early hours of December 11, Hull Live reports.

Emms had been drinking when he went to his ex-girlfriend’s home and started knocking forcefully on her door, demanding to see his son.

He later dragged her new boyfriend into the road by the neck of his top and struck him full-force in the face.

This caused him to spin on his feet, lose his balance and crash to the ground. Another punch caught his ex-partner of her and hit her on the hand, Hull Crown Court heard.

Emms, 46, of Brookland Road, Bridlington, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on the man and assaulting his ex-girlfriend on December 11. Stephen Welch, prosecuting, said the man suffered multiple face fractures and his adult son and the woman tried to give him first aid because of the amount of blood on his face. Emms shouted aggressively at a female neighbor who was worried about what was going on.

The man, a joiner, later said in a statement: “I am struggling to get over what has happened to me as a result of this incident and the effect it has had not just on me but the whole family.” He still had a lot of pain in his face and could not feel his lips, tongue or cheek. It was like having an anesthetic injection at the dentist’s that he still had not worn off. He struggled to talk properly and slurred his words from him.

His teeth were cracked and broken, he struggled to open his mouth and “Christmas was completely ruined” and social engagements had been cancelled. He struggled to sleep and the whole thing was constantly going round in his mind.

“His confidence had taken a huge knock,” said Mr Welch. “He is worried about long-term injuries and that the nerve damage to his mouth and loss of sensation might be permanent.”

Emms had previous convictions, including for violence. Rachel Scott, mitigating, said that Emms had suffered from problems after he lost his job in 2020 through no fault of his own because of the Covid-19 pandemic and ended up on Universal Credit.

Emms had been drinking at the time and acted completely out of character. He had known the victim through work for years and they were quite good friends.

“He is appalled at his behaviour,” said Miss Scott. Ebbs was “devastated” at the effects of the attack on the victim and “got himself into a really emotional state” about it and was “very distressed” about it.

“Although he has behaved in this terrible, terrible fashion, it’s not something that he would have done in his normal state of mind,” said Miss Scott. “He clearly does have a problem with alcohol. He hasn’t drunk since he was arrested. This has given him the fright of a lifetime. He is embarrassed and ashamed to be here.”

Judge John Thackray QC told Emms: “The injuries were very significant indeed, both physically and psychologically. You behaved in an appalling fashion. This was a disgraceful incident, having a significant effect upon your victim.”

Emms was jailed for eight months and was given a five-year restraining order.

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