Thug blamed Ricky Gervais for rant before smashing partner’s head on windowsill
A violent thug who battered his girlfriend blamed his swearing tirade at her on Ricky Gervais.
Jonathan Pettigan, 46, said watching the comedian's Netflix hit After Life on March 3 caused him to spout vile insults at his partner whose head he smashed off a windowsill.
He left his victim covered in blood and needing her head wound gluing up in hospital after police found her lying on the floor of her home in Worcester, bandaged up with her hair matted with blood.
Despite Pettigan's claim that he grew up without using bad language, he told Worcester Crown Court Ricky Gervais' award-winning series put obscene terms in his head.
The thug admitted to carrying out the beating after drinking six cans of Carling and having a pint in a pub in Droitwich, Worcs.
In a 999 call recording played to the court the victim could be heard shouting "get off me!" and '"get out!" a number of times.
Pettigan, a renderer, could also be heard calling her obscene names, which he said while giving evidence was due to watching comedian Gervais in After Life.
Prosecutor Timothy Talbot-Webb asked him during cross-examination: "So it's Ricky Gervais' fault?"
Pettigan replied: "It's not his fault, it's just why it was on my mind."
During the trial, the victim gave evidence against Pettigan from behind a screen, breaking down in tears as she recounted the ordeal
She said: "He threw me back with such force that I went flying back and hit my head off the windowsill.
"I put my hands on my head and they were covered in blood.
"It was the worst headache I have ever had. I asked him to leave but he was just stomping around the house."
She was later taken to Redditch's Alexandra Hospital for a CT scan over fears she may have suffered a fractured skull.
Pettigan, of Droitwich, was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following a trial at Worcester Magistrates Court on Monday (25/4).
He claimed he was acting in self-defence and she was "fabricating" the attack but his version of events was rejected by magistrates.
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Pettigan had already admitted another ABH against the same victim, committed while on bail for the first attack.
During the second assault, he had struck her twice to the face and pinned her down with his left hand across her throat.
Mr Talbot-Webb added: "He also bit her finger. She ran to neighbours visibly upset and bleeding from her nose."
Magistrates declined jurisdiction of sentencing due to the seriousness of the crime and Pettigan was remanded in custody to appear at Worcester Crown Court on May 27.
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