Woman whose boyfriend broke her eye socket and jaw takes him back
A girlfriend who had her jaw, nose and eye socket broken
by her violent boyfriend is back with him despite him
being locked up for five years.
Violent Kyle Illingworth, 24, attacked Livvy Heppell after
she refused to return his mobile phone.
He punched and stamped on her face during the
sickening attack , before fleeing the scene.
A court heard Illingworth battered Livvy on April 17 when
he turned up at a house in Ascot Way, Acomb, York, and
flew into a drink and drug-fuelled rage when she refused
to give him his mobile phone back.
He broke his girlfriend’s jaw, nose and eye socket and left
her needing a lengthy stay in an Intensive Care Unit.
Ashurst, the recorder of York, described the frenzied
attack as “one of the worst examples” of grievous bodily
harm he had seen.
The attack sparked a six-day manhunt for Illingworth as
he fled the scene soon after the incident, leaving his
partner’s friend to call 999.
When he realised the police were looking for him, he called
the friend and told her “you’re next” because he blamed
her for police linking him to the crime.
Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said Illingworth, of
Cornlands Road, Acomb, had argued with his partner the
day before the incident then arrived at where she was
staying 24 hours later to ask for his phone back.
began attacking her when she refused to hand over his
She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and plates were
put in her jaw to hold it in place.
Nigel Edwards, defending, said: “The behaviour of this
young man is lamentable.
“He has said to the probation officer he can’t control his
actions in drink.”
Illingworth has 29 convictions for 42 offences and was
jailed for four and a half years in 2010 for stamping on a
man’s head when he came out of a takeaway in York.
Judge Ashurst told him: “You are still only 24 years old
and have an extremely bad record of offending.
“However the argument between you and your girlfriend
started, however much you had been drinking or she had
been drinking, you completely lost any self control.
“The photographs of her while she was in hospital, having
been taken there from York to Leeds, are extremely
“She was in intensive care and had to have plates fixed in
her jaw to repair the damage, and from reading the
evidence she had done nothing to justify that kind of
Illingworth was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to
grievous bodily harm and will serve three years and nine
months in custody and the remaining 15 months on