A DEPRESSED man who planned to hang himself but instead beat up his girlfriend has been put behind bars.
Christopher Waters, of Cryersoak Close, Monkspath, repeatedly punched his partner and slammed her head against the wall, Solihull Magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Gez Newsome, said at Monday’s hearing, that the defendant’s partner returned home from work on January 10 to find Waters drunk and slumped in a chair. She also found a makeshift noose hanging over the bannister.
“He had clearly been drinking and had smashed up her television. When she went upstairs she found the make shift noose and realised he had tried to kill himself,” said Mr Newsome.
Waters then attacked his girlfriend until she managed to call the police for help.
Police initially took the 51-year-old to the Bruce Burns unit for mentally ill patients at Solihull Hospital but later arrested him after he discharged himself.
In a statement the complainant told the court she was regularly mentally and physically abused by Waters. Attacks have involved him pulling her hair and ‘poking her eyes out.’
John Derry, defending, said that the girlfriend had been writing to his client in prison since his arrest, saying she would like their relationship to continue. He added that the defendant had been suffering with depression since he lost his job in 2010. Waters admitted criminal damage and assault and was jailed for 22 weeks.
An application by the Crown Prosecution Service for a restraining order was not granted because of the fact the victim had indicated she wanted to continue the relationship with Waters.