A VIOLENT bully who carried out a campaign of terror against his former partner has been jailed.

James Brown has a long history of domestic violence against the mother of his child and his latest attack saw him attack her with a machete.

The 28-year-old turned up at his victim's home in January despite her having a restraining order against him and launched the unprovoked attack after smashing the windscreen of her car.

Teesside Crown Court herd he attacked her again almost 12 months earlier when he spat in her face before repeatedly ramming her car with his van.

Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, said Brown followed her and continued his attack before threatening a man with an iron bar when he tried to intervene.

Brown, of Laurel Road, Stockton, pleaded guilty to a number of charges including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, dangerous driving and criminal damage.

Nicci Horton, mitigating, conceded her client, pictured below, had an 'excessive' history of domestic violence.

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Judge Jonathan Carroll passed a sentence totalling five years and five months for the catalogue of offences.

He said: "The victim has had to move on four occasions and yet again she has had to move house to a place where you can't find her."

Brown was also given a four year driving ban.