Woman ‘force-fed pizza’ by boyfriend in terrifying Travelodge hotel room attack

A man violently attacked his girlfriend in a Travelodge hotel room after she refused to eat pizza.

Christopher Finnigan, 32, became angry when he brought the pizza back to the room in Hull where the couple were staying on March 3, 2019, but his partner refused to eat it.

The former steel worker then "tried to force feed her the pizza", prosecutor Rebecca Dolby told Grimsby Magistrates' Court.

She added: "He grabbed her by her hair and threw her into the shower room. She fell onto the floor in the shower and was begging for him to stop."

She said Finnigan taunted his girlfriend, telling her she was "pathetic", and when she started to cry he got even angrier, GrimsbyLive reports.

He bounced her head off the shower walls and splashed water at her from the sink before grabbing her by the hair and kicking her in the face and jaw.

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"He was telling her that he wanted to fight her," Miss Dolby told the court.

"He had an awful look in his eyes that she had never seen before. It was as if they were empty and vacant."

Finnigan hit her in the nose, causing it to bleed, tried to force her to stand up and head-butted her while calling her names.

The woman later said: "He was constantly shouting at me and saying that he was going to kill me. He didn't loosen his grip.

"The more I struggled, the more it riled him."

When she tried to get him off her he bit the top of her head.

Eventually she was able to run out and was later hospitalised for injuries including a swollen cheek and jaw and bruises to her arms, chest and back.

"She was left shaken, upset and in pain," said Miss Dolby.

"She couldn't eat properly because of the pain she was suffering.

"She was very angry with the defendant, who was supposed to love her."

Finnigan also assaulted the woman in October, again causing her injuries.

Ian Haywood, mitigating, said Finnigan didn't remember much of what happened during the "lurid" hotel attack.

"It doesn't sound good at all but you have got to deal with him with what he has been charged with," he told the court.

"He hasn't been anywhere near her. He hasn't tried to find her. She has now moved. He doesn't know where she is.

"The relationship is at an end between them. He is back on a more stable footing than he was."

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Finnigan admitted two offences of assault after attacking his girlfriend in a hotel room and one of breaching a non-molestation order.

He was given a 22-week suspended prison sentence, 15 days' rehabilitation and a requirement to complete a Building Better Relationships course.

He was also given a four-year restraining order and was ordered to pay £500 compensation, £400 costs and a Government-imposed £122 victim surcharge.

Presiding magistrate Paula Bradley told him: "You are very lucky that you are not going to prison."

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