A MAN who left his girlfriend with a bald patch after pulling out a chunk of her hair escaped prison after his victim she pleaded for mercy.
Lee Winter, aged 29, repeatedly hit Emma Lang and then started to pull out her hair before she escaped to the bathroom, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
She locked the door but he forced his way in and dragged her out before assaulting her again.
Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said Winter had been drinking and his girlfriend had feared for her life.
Ms Lang, who made a hysterical 999 call to police, had a swollen cheek, a black eye, cuts to her head and a bald patch where her hair had been pulled out.
But in a victim impact statement Miss Lang said she did not wish to attend court and would find it ‘very distressing’ if her boyfriend was jailed.
She later said she did not want him prosecuted and called for him to receive help managing his temper.
Winter, who lived with his girlfriend for three years at Morgan Road, Southey Green, Sheffield, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The court heard he suffered a serious head injury in an attack five weeks before the assault which changed his character.
Judge Peter Kelson jailed him for a year suspended for two, with a six-month residence order.
He told Winter: “Your victim did not want to take matters further, she simply wanted you to get medical help and now you are getting it.
“This was a very serious domestic assault, pulling hair out in such quantities as to leave a bald patch is horrific.”