Bodybuilder tried to gouge girlfriend’s eyes out for liking someone’s Facebook post

A bodybuilder was blasted for ‘smirking’ as he was jailed for a sickening and violent assault on his girlfriend.

Danny Bridges, 35, punched, kneed and strangled his victim before attempting to gouge her eyes out just because she had ‘liked’ something on Facebook.

She was left with two black eyes after the abuser, of Whitstable, Kent, jammed his thumbs into them.

Jailing Bridges for nine years, three to be served on extended licence, Judge Rupert Lowe said he was ‘selfish, angry and violent’.

As he read out the details of the brutal assault, the judge told Bridges: ‘I note for the record that you smile as I recount these facts.’

He added: ‘She thought her eyes were going to pop out altogether. She was so frightened she thought she was going to die.

‘You are just another violent abuser of women. You have not shown any sympathy or empathy to those closest to you.

‘You are selfish, angry and violent.’

Kent Police said Bridges had attacked his partner on two occasions, once in April 2018 when he punched her in the leg multiple times.

The second attack came in November 2018, after she had liked someone’s social media post.

A spokesman said: ‘Liking a social media post was the catalyst for Daniel Bridges to carry out an assault on a woman in Whitstable.

‘He punched her in the face and legs and then strangled her.

‘Following the assault he then made the woman take him to his flat where he told her she couldn’t leave due to her visible facial injuries.

‘The victim text her friend for help who called Kent Police and officers arrived at the property. Bridges refused to answer the door so officers forced their way in.’

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

He denied the offences and told police his girlfriend had ‘fallen over’.

But he was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday, May 2 and jailed at the same court on Monday.

Investigating officer, PC Morgan Fitzpatrick, said: ‘I hope this sentence sends a strong message to perpetrators that violent crime will not be tolerated.

‘Victims should never suffer in silence and we would always encourage anyone who is treated this way to come forward and report this to us.’