‘Jealous and controlling’ bully attacked his partner because he said his ex was more handsome than Cristiano Ronaldo

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A ‘jealous and controlling’ bully hit his partner because he said his ex was more handsome than Cristiano Ronaldo, a court heard.

Ross Flynn launched a brutal attack on his girlfriend at her home in June last year, Chronicle Live reports.

They were at the pub and on their way home to watch football when Flynn became violent with the Manchester United striker.

Flynn, who has prior domestic violence convictions, asked if his partner found the footballer more attractive than his ex.

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When she said her ex, he hit her on the jaw, face and head and called her a ‘prostitute’.

Now Flynn, who attacked his victim again, breaking her nose by kicking her in the face, has been jailed at Newcastle Crown Court.

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The court was told how the 31-year-old defendant subjected the victim to a campaign of abuse, isolating her from her friends and verbally and physically abusing her.

It became more violent when the couple moved in together, the court was told.

In an account captured in body images after the first attack, the victim said: “He asked who is more handsome, Cristiano Ronaldo or your ex.”

“My ex before him committed suicide and I said that I don’t find Cristiano Ronaldo attractive, so I said my ex.

“He started hitting me. He told me ‘how dare you say that your ex is more handsome than Cristiano Ronaldo? That means I’m not more handsome than your ex’.

“I said Cristiano Ronaldo is not my type.”

Flynn, of Stockton, and the complainant got together last February and moved in together after four weeks.

But things got volatile and more and more violent and he became “extremely controlling and jealous”.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United

When they went out, she had to be careful who she looked at or talked to, as he would accuse her of cheating.

She had to stop talking to her male friends because of Flynn’s behavior and ended up feeling isolated.

The victim was also a regular user of social networks but he forced her to delete her profiles.

On June 14 last year, they returned home from the pub and were watching football when Flynn became violent with Ronaldo.

Omar Ahmad, a prosecutor, said: “He asked her if she was more attracted to Cristiano Ronaldo or his now ex-partner, who has since passed away.

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“She said that her ex-partner and the accused got very angry, calling her a liar.

“He punched her on the left side of the jaw, causing her immediate pain.

“He kept calling her a liar, an idiot and a prostitute.

“She was sitting on the edge of the bed and the accused punched her twice very hard in the face. She felt immediate pain and was dazed.

“He continued to verbally abuse her, calling her names and she felt three or four extremely strong blows to the back of her head.”

Flynn told him to “shut up and go to sleep or you know what will happen.”

But she managed to call the police and they arrested him.

He suffered large bruises and swelling around his eyes, face, a lump on his forehead, a cut on the back of his head, and bruises on his forearms and hands.

On July 29, convinced to give it another try, they were at a friend’s house in East Rainton when he snatched the cell phone out of her hand and threw it, shattering the screen.

Then, on August 2, they were in the same direction when he attacked her again.

His initial attempt to hit her was foiled by the friend, but Mr Ahmad said: “While she was sitting on a chair in the kitchen rolling a cigarette, he kicked her in the face, connecting with her jaw and nose, which they burst, shedding with blood.

“She fell to the ground and he tried to kick her again but the friend intervened and stopped him.”

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The victim left and went to a nearby hotel and asked the staff to call the police.

He was left with a broken nose and bruises and swelling on his jaw.

In a victim impact statement, she said: “I feel scared and nervous all the time.

“I feel like I’m walking on eggshells when I’m around him. I’m fed up.

“I used to be very confident, but I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone without worrying that they would take it the wrong way.

“I’m just not myself anymore. I’ve had enough.”

Flynn, 31, of Russell Street, Stockton, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm, controlling or coercive behavior, and criminal damage.

He was jailed for four years with an extended furlough period of one more year.

The court heard that Flynn has a way of being abusive in relationships.

He was jailed in 2020 for assaulting a former partner and in 2018 he was also jailed for assaulting another ex.

Lewis Kerr, defending himself, said that Flynn had written a letter expressing remorse.

He added: “He said he shouldn’t have hit a woman and he hasn’t learned from his mistakes.”

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