A man weighing 16 stone who kicked his partner in the head when she refused to go out and buy his tobacco has been jailed for 12 weeks.

David Ware was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on a video link to Leeds Prison today after being remanded in custody for breaching the conditions of his bail.

He pleaded guilty to common assault on the woman at an address in Halifax on September 24 last year.

Ware, 27, who was living at Sandbeds in Queensbury, attacked the woman when she was sitting in a chair, prosecutor Kristina Goodwin said.

She had been his partner for seven years and was a vulnerable victim who had learning difficulties, the court was told.

Ware was angry when she arrived home that afternoon, accusing her of being late and telling her to go and get him some tobacco.

He then kicked her in the head so that she fell back in her chair.

The court was told that Ware was 16 stone and got angry when he did not have tobacco or cannabis.

He had nine previous convictions for ten offences, including one assault many years ago. His last conviction was in 2016 when he was conditionally discharged for resisting a police constable.

Miss Goodwin said that the woman at first wanted to leave her home after the attack but she had not asked for a restraining order and may want the option of returning to the relationship.

John Bottomley, Ware’s solicitor advocate, said she had wanted to attend court to support the defendant.

It was a single kick that had not caused any injury.

Ware, who was working in the pub trade, had now lost his accommodation and his belongings, Mr Bottomley said.

He had been remanded in custody for almost five weeks and wanted to obtain a new home and a job on his release.

Judge Colin Burn told Ware: “There was no injury on the face of it but it was a kick in the head that could have caused a lot of damage.”

The woman was significantly smaller than Ware and it was an unprovoked attack because he wanted her to go out and buy tobacco.

But Ware had just one previous conviction for violence and he had pleaded guilty to the offence.

Judge Burn said he would be released in a matter of days from the 12 week sentence but warned him that he would be on prison licence.