A woman who was punched and repeatedly head-butted by her former boyfriend following a disagreement in Loughton has spoken following his sentence at Crown Court.
Emma Bignall, from Loughton, read her victim impact statement at Basildon Crown Court after Jak Kosta, 32, of no fixed address, was jailed for 15 months for causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.
Kosta, who pleaded guilty to the offences, was also made the subject of a 10-year restraining order.
Emma and Kosta were together for just four months when she was assaulted on Sunday, December 16.
At around 03:15 hours that day, she confronted him over photographs that she had found on his phone.
Emma told him that the relationship was over and in response, Kosta punched walls in the home and damaged items.
Fearing she may be harmed, Emma tried calling a friend but this call went to an answerphone.
The message that was left helped record the attack that followed.
Kosta pinned Emma to the bed, smashed her phone and head-butted her to the face repeatedly and punched her in the side of the head.
In response, he was scratched while Emma defended herself. The situation continued for two hours.
Kosta head-butted Emma and knocked her unconscious before she woke later with him next to her.
A neighbour who called the police heard her calls for help that followed.
“I was attacked after becoming suspicious about Jak’s behaviour and confronting him about what I had seen on his phone.
Investigating officer PC Sarah Faircloth, of Harlow’s Domestic Abuse Investigations Team, said:
“Throughout this case, Emma has shown real courage despite being subjected to a sustained and violent attack by Kosta.
“That morning Emma was dragged off the sofa, head-butted and punched her to the head.
“She sustained numerous facial injuries including a heavily bruised and black left eye, bruising around the right eye, a cut to the bridge of her nose, bruising behind her right ear and bruising to her body.
“Yesterday, she bravely attended court and read her statement before Kosta was taken to his prison cell.”
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