A spurned lover who left his ex-partner for dead in a street attack – and later forced her to watch as he bludgeoned her new partner – has been jailed for five years after police traced him to a West Midland hotel.
Germaine Goddard had a track record of domestic abuse against his 23-year-old girlfriend – whom it is claimed he had a ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ hold over – but the attacks came to a head when he punched her unconscious on Boxing Day last year.
His ex, from Wolverhampton, was in Erdington’s Tyburn Road when Goddard struck her in the face.
The attack left his victim with a fractured cheekbone and also a fractured eye socket.
A passing taxi driver alerted paramedics after finding her unconscious in the street.
Goddard went on the run but the following month confronted his ex’s new partner at his Birmingham city centre home.
He subjected the 33-year-old – a former work colleague – to a two-hour ordeal during which he repeatedly threatened and assaulted him in front of the woman he believed had come between them.
He was dressed in dark clothing and donned a makeshift balaclava – a beanie hat with cut eye-holes – for that attack on January 28.
But police managed to identify a taxi Goddard used following the attack, traced the drop-off to a Birmingham Travelodge.
The following day police swooped to arrest him from one of the hotel’s rooms. Goddard admitted wounding his former girlfriend and assault at Birmingham Crown Court and was jailed after the court heard it was his third conviction for serious violence.
A judge handed him a six-year prison term for wounding – reduced to four due to his early guilty plea – and then an additional 12 months for assault.
Investigating officer Det Con Rob Gough, welcomed the sentence and described how Goddard wanted to get his revenge.
He said: “Goddard has proven to be an aggressive, dangerous man.
“He used gross levels of violence in both attacks and has rightly been taken out of society for several years,” he added.
“He was undoubtedly jealous at the relationship breakdown and determined to enact revenge on both his ex and her new partner.
“Anyone prepared to use this level of violence should expect a lengthy stint behind bars.”
Goddard has previous convictions for domestic violence.
He kicked his newly-pregnant girlfriend in the stomach on February 29 last year – causing her to miscarry – and punched her in the face on April 16. He admitted common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm during a court appearance on October 19.
He was placed under a restraining order and told to attend a programme designed to curb his domestic offending.