A jealous boyfriend has been caged for six years for a brutal frying pan attack on his partner after he caught her texting in the middle of the night.
Hugh Nelson, 53, of Mayfield Road, Hornsey, was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
The court heard Nelson became enraged when he realised his 35 year-old girlfriend had texted someone at 5.30am on Sunday, March 12.
He demanded to know who she had messaged and unsatisfied by her response, began slapping her before pinning her to the ground.
As the victim desperately tried to break free, Nelson grabbed a ceramic frying pan and struck her with full force over 20 times.
This caused the victim to bleed, swell and be in pain in all the attacked areas.
Nelson then carried on hitting her on the head and also stamped on her legs and ankles, repeatedly asking her who she had been texting.
He left the property in Tower Hamlets, east London after the attack and was arrested by police the next day.
The victim was taken to hospital and treated for her injuries and has since been discharged.
The investigation by police would also uncover two other assaults in November 2016 when Nelson had slapped the victim.
Nelson was found guilty of these two offences also and was jailed for eight months which he will serve concurrently with the GBH sentence.
Detective Sergeant Robert Brown from Tower Hamlets said: "Nelson proudly exhibited many of the signs of a highly successful life whilst hiding a violent, abusive and controlling character.
“He behaved savagely towards his long term partner on a regular basis for many years, she has been left traumatised by the experience, but I hope this sentence goes some small way to aiding her recovery."