A jealous boyfriend poured a kettle of boiling hot water over a man who had a fling with his partner.

Victor Newsome, 42, also hit the victim with a metal bar during the assault at Newsome's Cross Heath home., Stoke-On-Trent Live reports.

As the injured man frantically tried to escape from the house, he jumped from a wall and broke his ankle – leaving him needing surgery, a court heard.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Newsome had been in a 'toxic' relationship with a woman 15 years his junior, who had a sexual encounter with another man.

Newsome was suspicious and made threats towards the man.

Prosecutor Mark Brookes said: "The defendant said, 'As soon as they come through the door they are getting hot water'. He also said, 'The good news is I will be a ****ing legend'.

"At around 7.30pm, the injured party drove to the defendant's address. The defendant opened the door and let him in, and they went into the kitchen.

"The defendant switched the kettle on. They had a short conversation. The defendant shouted for his partner to come into the room.

"The next moment, the injured party felt an extreme burning sensation to his right shoulder and back. He realised the defendant had picked up the kettle and poured the contents over him.

"He was in a great deal of pain. He feared for his life. The defendant continued to attack him – he was in possession of some sort of metal bar which he used to strike the victim to the face.

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"The defendant demanded the injured party beg for his life. The victim escaped and ran out of the door. The house is set high above a busy main road. Desperate to get away, the injured party jumped down onto the pavement and, in doing so, broke his ankle.

"A passer-by called an ambulance. The defendant came out and tried to convinced the passer-by not to call the police."

The court heard the victim suffered 6% burns to his body which has caused permanent scarring. His ankle was fractured and needed surgery to put in screws and a metal plate.

Following the assault, which happened on June 21 last year, Newsome's behaviour towards his partner changed. Mr Brookes said he would check her phone and threaten to break her belongings.

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"He told her not to see her mum," said Mr Brookes.

"He sometimes walked around with a knife in the house to intimidate her. He boiled the kettle and threatened to pour it over her.

"He assaulted her by suffocating her with a pillow and submitted her to humiliating and degrading searches. He twice locked her in cupboards."

The court heard Newsome, of Ronaldsway Drive, Cross Heath, initially refused to cooperate but eventually pleaded guilty to charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and controlling or coercive behaviour.

He has previous convictions for violence, including assaulting a victim with a hammer, and a separate incident where he almost severed a man's ear with a pickaxe handle.

Newsome has now been jailed for a total of seven and a half years for causing grievous bodily harm to the victim, plus a further offence of coercive and controlling behaviour towards his girlfriend.

Judge Glenn also imposed a restraining order which prohibits Newsome from contacting either victim for an indefinite period.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free on 0808 2000 247.

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