A mum was so desperate to escape a violent attack by her boyfriend that she jumped from a window and fractured her back.
After plunging to the floor, the victim was dragged back inside her flat by drunken Karl Kali who had turned up at her Solihull home to confront her, as he believed she had told police about him breaching lockdown.
The mum was eventually rescued by police after sending a pleading WhatsApp message to a neighbour saying “Help me.”
Kali, 37, of no fixed address, was jailed for three-and-a-half years after he admitted a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
In passing sentence Judge Avik Mukherjee said: “She sustained a horrific and brutal assault at your hands when you were drunk and you thought she had grassed you up to the police which suggests to me an element of revenge.”
He said but for the actions of her neighbour, the victim may have been assaulted further.
The judge went on: “It was a repeated assault on that vulnerable woman you deliberately targeted during lockdown, looking after a young child in the middle of the night, who had nowhere to go.”
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Caroline Harris, prosecuting, said Kali and the victim had been in a relationship for 10 months.
He had turned up at her flat in Solihull and began making a lot of noise until she reluctantly let him in.
Kali stood in the hallway with cans of Stella in both hands before slapping her in the face and causing her to fall to the floor.
The defendant then lent over the victim and punched her in the face, causing her to bleed.
He told her to clean herself up but when she emerged from the bathroom he hit her again.
The victim again went to the bathroom and when she came out a second time Kali dragged her by her hair to her bed and told her: “This is it. I could end it now.”
Miss Harris said “She truly believed she would be killed.”
The defendant then went into the kitchen and the woman feared if she went to the flat door he would have heard the creaking of floorboards or the noise of the key.
“The only means of escape was a first floor window. She felt she had no choice. When she landed she injured her back,” said the prosecutor.
The victim suffered a fractured vertebrae but Kali came out and dragged her back to the flat and hit her again.
The victim then sent a picture to a neighbour of her with a head injury and the ‘help me’ text.
Police who attended broke the door down and when quizzed Kali said his girlfriend had “done a number” on him and had jumped out of the window to get him in trouble.
In a statement the victim said: “I still suffer from flashbacks and panic attacks.
“I have daily back pain and my mental health has also been affected. I do not believe I will trust another man again.”
Matthew Barnes, defending, said: “He (Kali) was making a sandwich behind a closed door when the serious injury was sustained.”
He said Kali was angry because he believed his girlfriend had told police he was in breach of his licence and had broken lockdown by visiting his mother.