Man attacked lover after downing 40 vodka shots

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A terrified woman was left cut and bruised when her “date” went on a violent rampage after drinking 40 vodka shots.

Antoni Adams, 25, punched and kicked Adele Dawson, grabbed her by the hair and tried to hit her with a spade after she said she didn’t want him in her home after their night out.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Adams grabbed Miss Dawson by the throat during the violence and armed himself with a knife from her kitchen.

One frightened witness, who saw the attack spill outside the house, described Adams as being “out of control and dangerous” before a brave woman neighbour, who was also punched, managed to get the knife out of his grip.

During the shocking outburst of violence, Adams smashed two of Miss Dawson’s windows, one with a fencepost and the other with a china pot.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told the court the pair had been at Dr Feelgood club in Sunderland on December 27 and had initially gone back to Adams’ parents’ house, where he was asked to leave because of his aggressive behaviour.

When they got back to Miss Dawson’s home in the city, she told him she did not want him to come inside the house and initially thought he had gone on his way.

Miss Smurthwaite told the court: “She went inside and began to get changed.

She went downstairs when she heard the door.

“He burst through the door and began punching and kicking her. She ran upstairs and he followed. He grabbed her by the hair. He began throwing her about, kicking and punching her.

“She ran outside in her pyjamas. The defendant followed and again began to punch and kick her.

“He picked up a spade from her garden and tried to hit her.

“He then grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the ground.”

The court heard the attack continued in the street.

Bodycam footage taken by police who arrived at the scene shortly after the attack showed Miss Dawson’s distress, and the state her home was left in, after the violence.

Adams, who had simply walked away, was arrested nearby.

Miss Smurthwaite said; “He said he had been on a date with her that night, and had had 40 shots of vodka with coke.”

Adams, of Porchester Square, Sunderland, admitted affray and having a bladed article.

Mr Recorder Jamie Hill Qc sentenced him to 16 months behind bars and issued a restraining order banning any contact with Miss Dawson or entering her street.

The judge said: “When you were told to leave Miss Dawson’s home it seems you didn’t accept that and in the incident that followed I have heard described how you were rampaging through that house.

“It is a matter of good fortune really she wasn’t seriously injured.”

The court heard Adams has suffered a series of family tragedies and had coped by using alcohol and drugs but has now started counselling.

Vic Laffey, defending, said Adams has taken steps to ensure he can become a family with his long-term partner and stay out of trouble in future.

Words: Karon Kelly, North News & Pictures Ltd.

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