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Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Bodybuilder gouged his girlfriend's eyes for 'liking' Facebook post

The judge locked him up for nine years

A bodybuilder smirked as he was jailed for assaulting his girlfriend for 'liking' a post on Facebook.

Danny Bridges, 35, punched his victim in the legs and face, strangled her and tried to gouge her eyes out with his thumbs, according to the Metro.

The abuser, from Whitstable in Kent, was this week put away for nine years, three of which will be served on extended licence.

Judge Rupert Lowe told Bridges as he read out details of the savage assault, which happened last year: "I note for the record that you smile as I recount these facts.

Abuser Danny Bridges (Credit: Kent Police)

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"She thought her eyes were going to pop out altogether. She was so frightened she thought she was going to die.

Speaking further, he called Bridges "just another violent abuser of women" and blasted him as "selfish, angry and violent" for not showing sympathy or empathy to others.

According to Kent Police, Bridges had also attacked his girlfriend in April 2018, punching her multiple times in the leg.

I hope this sentence sends a strong message to perpetrators that violent crime will not be tolerated.

After the second attack in November, he made his partner take him to his apartment and told her she couldn't leave because she had visible facial injuries.

But the victim text her friend, who called Kent Police. Officers arrived at the flat, but Bridges refused to answer the door so they forced their way in.

He was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and two counts of assault.

Bridges denied the offences, telling coppers his partner had injured herself by falling over.

Danny lived at a flat on Station Road in Whitstable (Credit: Google)

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A jury at Canterbury Crown Court found him guilty on May 2 and he was jailed on Monday (June 24).

Following the sentencing, investigating officer PC Morgan Fitzpatrick said: "I hope this sentence sends a strong message to perpetrators that violent crime will not be tolerated."

Speaking further, Fitzpatrick said victims "should never suffer in silence" and police "encourage anyone who is treated this way" to come forward and report their abusers.

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