A man who attacked his ex-partner and her new boyfriend was today sentenced to an extra two and a half years in jail.
Ross Eaglestone, 27, stabbed the new partner of his ex-girlfriend with a pair of scissors.
Four months later, he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, rendering her unconscious and causing her serious injuries which included multiple facial fractures and a bleed to the brain.
He then went on to threaten her from prison before the trial in an attempt to stop her from giving evidence against him.
Eaglestone pleaded guilty to these offences at Maidstone Crown Court in May, resulting in a six year jail sentence.
The Court of Appeal today increased that sentence to eight and a half years’ imprisonment, after receiving a referral under the Unduly Lenient Sentencing Scheme.
Speaking after the hearing, solicitor general Robert Buckland said: “These were brutal and vicious attacks and the original sentence failed to take into account, the nature and seriousness of the injuries caused.
"Attacks of this nature should not be tolerated and it’s fitting that Eaglestone will now spend longer in jail" - solicitor general Robert Buckland
"Attacks of this nature should not be tolerated and it’s fitting that Eaglestone will now spend longer in jail.”
Eaglestone's ex-girlfriend was left with facial fractures and a bleed on the brain after the attack.
Ross Eaglestone had only been released from custody a few days when he “gatecrashed” a barbecue in Swanscombe on May 26, last year.
Prosecutor Danny Robinson said the 27-year-old father had been texting his ex-girlfriend Jodie Arney about going to the house in Brenda Terrace.
But he turned up uninvited in the early evening with others and jumped over a fence. Miss Arney was there with her boyfriend Sam Stockford.
“He pulled Mr Stockford’s shirt over his head and began to punch him,” said Mr Robinson. “A bottle was thrown. At some point he picked up a pair of scissors and stabbed him once in the left flank.”
The victim, 29, of Watling Street, Dartford, was taken to a London hospital and treated for the wound. He had a laceration to his left kidney.
“Mr Stockford for reasons best known to himself did not want to report the matter,” said Mr Robinson. “Police were not informed who carried out the assault.”
It was not investigated until Eaglestone also carried out a vicious attack on Miss Arney.
It happened after she clashed with Eaglestone’s mother on September 8. Miss Arney started a fight with Mrs Eaglestone and then left.
Eaglestone heard what had happened and said: “Don’t worry mum, I will kill them all.” He then went in search of Miss Arney. He went to Wodehouse Road, in Dartford, and set about punching her to the head and face, said Mr Robinson.
He has 13 previous convictions for 26 offences. He was given 20 months’ youth custody in 2007 for arson, 12 months for burglary in 2009 and 29 months for burglary and possessing heroin in 2013.