A man was jailed for a year after beating up his partner in what a judge described as an “absolutely appalling” attack which left her in severe pain.

James Schofield, aged 29, of Peel Street, Abergele, also received a ten-year restraining order.

He admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on April 15.

Caernarfon crown court heard he had pushed Zipporah Jones to the floor and punched and kicked her repeatedly. He also stamped on the victim.

Prosecutor Catherine Elvin said police found “suicide notes” in Schofield’s coat pocket in which he confessed to having “totally lost control.”

He said he was “very sorry.”

Counsel said it was a “prolonged and persistent assault” while he was under a community order.

Simon Killeen, defending, said Schofield had mental health difficulties and was on medication for anxiety and depression.

Judge Timothy Petts said the victim had to lie to their children about how she suffered her injuries.

“Only immediate custody will do,” he added.