Carley Hill man bit his girlfriend’s nose and strangled her in Sunderland City Centre

A Carley Hill man strangled his girlfriend in public and bit her nose, despite her pleading and videoing him for to stop during a night out in Sunderland City Centre.

Callum Allan kept adding then releasing pressure to the woman’s neck and restricting her breathing but despite her terror she bravely made a voice recording of what she went through.

A judge at Newcastle Crown Court said strangulation could have had “fatal consequences”.

The court heard the woman endured several violent episodes at Allan’s hands but she believed she could “make him change for the better” after he repeatedly apologised and vowed to get help.

The 24-year-old ended up so traumatised that she had to quit her job as a staff investigator for Northumbria Police.

In a victim impact statement she said: “I am desperate for my old life back, the life I had before he took it away. He said he didn’t care if I died. I was terrified of Callum.”

Prosecutor Neil Jones told the court the relationship had started off well but Allan started issuing threats after drinking. On Boxing Day last year they had been out at the pub and as they walked home Allan asked “do you want to be burned alive” before putting his lighter at her feet, which left a mark on her skin.

On February 17 he ordered her to get out of the bed they were sharing, eventually allowed her back in but kicked her and caused bruising to her knee when she lay down. He then caused redness to her neck through strangulation.

Mr Jones said: “It was forceful but he would keep on adding and releasing pressure. She had a voice recording of this particular incident. The voice recording was a recording of her begging him to stop this behaviour.”

The last attack was in April, when the couple were out in Sunderland city centre and the woman was posing for a group photograph with some female friends. Mr Jones said what happened was seen by a bar worker and added:

“The witness saw the defendant with his teeth literally around the complainant’s nose. When the employee went to ask if she was okay she said ‘he bit my nose’.” The court heard the woman was left with a red mark as a result of the bite.

Allan, 25, of Elstree Square, Carley Hill, admitted intentional strangulation and three assault charges. Judge Gavin Doig sentenced Allan to 18 months behind bars with a five year restraining order to protect the victim.

The judge told him: “Pressure was applied to her neck on a number of occasions. Clearly your victim was terrified by your actions. Actions such as those, as we all know, can have fatal consequences.”

John Crawford, defending, said Allan admitted his guilt, was willing to work with the probation services and has been doing employment training.