A couple left a man “dripping in blood” after attacking him in a row over a piece of cheese.

Michelle Thorpe, 41, stamped on the victim’s head so hard she left an imprint of the sole of her boot on his face.

Her husband Gary, 47, attacked him with such venom he feared he might lose the sight in one eye.

Paul Ryder asked them to come to the home he shared with the victim after the 34-year-old accused him of stealing his cheese.

When the couple, who had been drinking, arrived at the property a blazing row erupted which left the victim seriously injured.

Gary Thorpe attacked him so savagely he feared he might lose his eye

Gary Thorpe was said to have “pummelled him in the face repeatedly” before his wife stamped on him in a “brutal” attack.

The victim escaped by jumping out of a window and knocking on the doors of neighbours in Matlock, Derbyshire, to get help.

One let him in and called an ambulance.

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He suffered a 4cm cut underneath one of his eyes and extensive bruising to his face and body.

The Thorpes and Ryder, 62, all admitted assault causing actual bodily harm at Derby Crown Court.

Paul Ryde received a suspended jail sentence

The couple were each jailed for 16 months, while dad-of-two Ryder received a suspended sentence.

Tom Heath, defending Ryder, said: “He accepts ­responsibility for starting the whole thing although there was no physical ­violence on his part.

“He was shocked at the level of violence used by the other two defendants.’’

David Webster, for the Thorpes, said Michelle had suffered domestic violence in the past and had been blighted by alcohol abuse.

He added her husband “should not have got himself involved in someone else’s argument”.