A man left bite marks on his partner’s face during a savage attack in which he also stabbed her thigh.
Joshua Reid had been drinking at home in Cupar’s Whitecraig Road with the woman on May 14 and an argument broke out when she mentioned an ex-boyfriend.
Furious Reid, 24, stabbed her upper thigh with a 3.5 inch blade and then bit her face and hit her head with a metal mop handle.
The couple had been in a “on-off” relationship for about six years at the time of the incident, Dundee Sheriff Court heard yesterday.
Depute Fiscal Charmaine Gilmartin said the couple had been drinking in the early and an argument started over an ex-boyfriend.
She said: “They struggled and he grabbed a small kitchen knife and stabbed her in the leg. He then swung a metal handle and repeatedly struck her head and body.
“He grabbed her by the throat and restricted her breathing. She got into bed alone and he followed her in and attacked her again.
“He kicked her with both feet. She covered her face to avoid being further injured.”
Reid shouted “I can’t sleep in here”, which the terrified woman took as a chance to try to escape through a window but he came back into the room and bit her face.
She managed to get outside and was screaming “help, someone call the police”.
A nurse who was driving on the road let her into her car and noticed her injuries.
She told the nurse: “He’s trying to murder me.”
Police and ambulance arrived and Ms Robertson was checked by medical staff. She did not need to attend hospital.
Defence solicitor Martin McGuire said: “It has been quite a long term relationship that has not been marred by violence.
“He accepts that if he chooses to consume alcohol that it may affect his behaviour.”
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael jailed Reid, of Newburgh, for 26 months and issued a non-harassment order for five years.
He said: “I am going to take into account a number of factors. That includes your previous record which includes violence and possessing a weapon and using a weapon.”