A "cowardly" tyrant who had broken his girlfriend's nose in front of her young children in Northamptonshire was jailed today (Friday, September 13).

The girlfriend of Joe Elmore had to undergo a reconstructive operation after striking her face in a row in her house earlier this year, Northampton Crown Court heard.

Joe Elmore. Photo: Northamptonshire Police

Joe Elmore. Photo: Northamptonshire Police

The 28-year-old from Dands Drive, Middleton Cheney, was sentenced to 22 months in prison after having pleaded guilty to two personal injuries.

Recorder Mark Watson said, "You've misused your trust, you were her partner, you should have taken care of her and protected her so as not to attack her."

Elmore and his partner had quarreled in the kitchen after coming home with their three- and two-year-olds on April 29th.

He pushed her so that she went into the hallway. He followed her and squeezed it again, so she slapped him – "no unreasonable answer," noted recorder Watson.

Northampton Crown Court

Northampton Crown Court

"They sat in front of their daughters and showed them who the boss was," he said.

"You took off your shirt, wrapped it around your fist and told her you wanted to hit her, then you did just that, hit her in the face and broke her nose."

Elmore's partner went to the hospital for treatment, but lied about what had happened.

After the incident a week later, Elmore was arrested, but accused his girlfriend of all that recorder Watson called a "cowardly move."

Elmore, who has been convicted of assault since 2016, initially denied the charge, but turned his plea into guilty legal proceedings.

In addition to the prison sentence, he received a restraining order, so he can not contact or see his girlfriend, unless it is a meeting or a conversation with his children.

Recorder Watson said, "Your victim was vulnerable, she had been your victim in the past.

"Her size was small compared to hers and she was a constant victim of domestic violence in her hands."