A man who dragged his girlfriend off a sofa before brutally attacking her has been jailed for four years.

Sam Webber, 33, from East Cambridgeshire but of no fixed abode, attacked the victim when she asked why he looked miserable in February last year.

He verbally abused her before pinning her down on the sofa by both his knee and hand.

Webber then dragged her off by her foot, smashed her head on the floor and punched her in the eye.

During the following month, Webber accused the victim of flirting with his friend and hit her head against a windowsill and punched her several times.

The victim managed to escape, and the police were alerted and arrested Webber.

She also told officers of an assault in November 2022 when, after he had been drinking, Webber flew into a rage after she mentioned seeing his ex-partner in Littleport.

Despite a relative trying to intervene, he punched her in the face.

During the investigation, officers heard an audio recording of Webber threatening to punch the victim so she would lose all her teeth.

The victim could be heard telling Webber to “get off” and asking him to leave, but he replied he was “not done” and he was not scared to go to prison because he had “nothing to lose”.

Yesterday (March 6) at Cambridge Crown Court, Webber was sentenced to four years in prison with an extra two years on licence when released, after pleading guilty to two counts of actual bodily harm (ABH) and possessing a knife in a public place.

DC Leah Beckett said: “This campaign of abuse was terrifying for the victim. Webber’s violent behaviour was despicable, and I’m pleased he has faced justice.

“No person should have to suffer this kind of abuse and I would like to applaud the woman’s bravery in supporting a prosecution. I would also like to thank members of the public who alerted us to what was happening.

She added: “We would strongly urge anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse, or if you are worried about someone experiencing abuse, to contact police.”

If you are worried your partner may have an abusive past, or have concerns about a friend or loved one’s partner, you can use the Clare's Law scheme for more information on accessing the scheme, visit Cambridgeshire Constabulary's website. 

For more information on domestic abuse and the signs to look out for, visit Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s website.