A man attacked a woman at a hotel and then told police she was bumped into the head while she was making a TikTok video just a month after she was released from prison for assaulting her.
Craig Goodwin made his final assault on the victim after he jealously flogged him for talking to other men in the hotel bar at Gatwick Airport, West Sussex.
The 33-year-old started the attack about a month after he was released from prison for beating the same victim in a previous incident, police said.
Goodwin violated a restraining order that forbade him from contacting the woman when he went to the hotel with her on Sept. 25.
He beat her in the early hours of the next morning, then when she tried to escape, he kept beating her, the police said.
The hotel staff called the police and when the officers arrived they found Goodwin hiding in the bushes in front of the hotel.
He claimed the woman was injured when they bumped their heads on a TikTok video.
However, Goodwin, of Pagham, West Sussex, has been charged with assault and violation of an injunction.
On October 25, Goodwin pleaded guilty to both offenses in Lewes Crown Court and was sentenced to a total of three years and three months in prison.
Investigator PC Kate Bailey of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit (SIU) said Monday: “The victim of this case was deeply shocked by the attack on her.
“Goodwin tried to blame the victim, but thanks to the officials’ hard work and the victim’s support, he had no choice but to plead guilty when the evidence was brought to court.”
Sussex Police, following the conviction, said violence against women and girls was widespread and encouraged people to challenge misogyny.
A spokesman said: “We need people, especially men, who question their own behavior and recognize the impact it has on the victim and others.
“Violence against women and girls causes devastating harm to individuals and society and can also manifest itself in misogyny, verbal abuse and inappropriate behavior that can lead to violence.”