A Peterborough man who assaulted his partner, giving her a black eye and chipped tooth, has been jailed for 20 months.

David Wojtowych, 41, punched the victim in the mouth and tried to grab her by the throat after an argument in October last year.

The victim contacted police in December after he assaulted her at his then home in Eastfield, Peterborough.

He was said to be upset at not seeing much of her over Christmas, and the victim tried to cuddle him in bed but then woke up in pain after the assault.

Wojtowych was holding her and said: “shush, the police will come”.

Initially, he stopped the victim from getting up, but eventually, she saw her injuries in a mirror.

When she tried to leave, Wojtowych picked up a knife and threatened to harm himself if she left him.

On August 19, at Peterborough Crown Court, Wojtowych, of Bedford Street, Peterborough, was jailed for 20 months, having previously pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

Charges of assault and controlling/coercive behaviour were ordered to lie on file, and Wojtowych was also given a five-year restraining order as well as being ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £156.

DC Claire Atkinson said: “Wojtowych’s thuggish actions towards his partner last year were disgraceful and I would like to praise the victim for bravely coming forward and reporting him to us.

“We will not tolerate domestic abuse of any kind and I am pleased Wojtowych is now behind bars where he can reflect on his actions.”

The Cambridgeshire Constabulary website states that domestic abuse can include, but isn't limited to: physical, emotional, psychological, sexual and financial abuse.

The website states: "If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or close family member, it’s likely you’re a victim of domestic abuse."

Advice and information about domestic abuse, including support services, can be found on the force website.