A man has been jailed for two years – for threatening to set his partner on fire.
Steven Caddick, aged 47, punched and kicked Paula Sanders and throttled her twice before spraying her with barbecue fluid and threatening to set her alight.
The ‘prolonged and nasty’ attack ended only when Miss Sanders’ eldest son intervened and called the police.
Three times during the assault Miss Sanders thought she was going to die, prosecutor Bev Tait told Sheffield Crown Court.
But, despite the attack, Miss Sanders attended Sheffield Crown Court yesterday to say she wants to resume her four-year relationship with Caddick, urging the judge to spare him jail and pleading for a restraining order not to be imposed.
Despite her request Caddick – who admitted assault causing actual bodily harm – was sentenced to two years behind bars.
Judge Robert Moore said the attack was so serious only immediate custody was justified.
He told Caddick: “It was a prolonged and nasty attack and could have resulted in serious burns or worse.”
Miss Sanders, who was sitting in the public gallery for the hearing, left the courtroom in tears.
The couple had rowed on an evening out with friends and violence broke out when Miss Sanders returned to her Penistone home alone, where her two children aged 12 and 15 were in bed.
“She ended up on the floor and thought she was going to die,” said Ms Tait, prosecuting.
When interviewed by police Caddick, of Worsbrough Common, Barnsley, said he could not remember much about the incident after consuming ‘a large amount of alcohol’.
Caddick has previous convictions for assault and knife possession – and served nine years in a Malta jail for drugs offences before the conviction was overturned.