A MAN who attacked his girlfriend in a jealous rage has been branded a ‘danger to women’.

Daniel Burgis, 43, punched and strangled his partner, and hit her over the head with a saucepan.

She was taken to A&E with multiple injuries including lacerations to her head, swelling around her neck, a broken finger, and two black eyes.

The defendant later apologised, but told his girlfriend not to call the police and suggested she should say she ‘fell over’ if asked.

Prosecutor Matthew Parris said Burgis had launched into his “sudden frenzy” of violence while the couple were visiting a friend’s flat in Bournemouth.

He accused his partner of having a relationship with another person, before “punching her in the face repeatedly” and throwing her belongings out of the window.

When Burgis was arrested and interviewed by police, he gave no comment answers but also told officers ‘she may have fallen over’.

He added he was an alcoholic and was “4/10 drunk” when the incident occurred on July 9, so could only “roughly” remember the day.

The defendant, of Turbary Park Avenue in Bournemouth, maintained his innocence until he plead guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the first day of trial.

He appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court for sentencing on Monday, February 19.

At the same hearing, Burgis was also sentenced for the burglary of a Bournemouth home on February 7 of this year, in which he stole electrical items.

Mitigating, Robert Griffiths said: “I asked him about the burglary and he said quite candidly he’d been drinking.

“He’d drunk spirits, Jager Bombs and beer.

“He describes himself as an alcoholic and that’s what he is. The root cause of the offending is alcohol, and he drinks because he is trying to get over the way he was brought up.

“There is a flavour in the pre-sentence report of acceptance he has to change.”

The court heard Burgis had a “bad criminal history”, with matters of violence spanning over the past 20 years, and 103 domestic violence call outs.

Addressing the recent ABH charge, Judge Robert Pawson said: "This was a highly unprovoked, drunken, domestic assault in a jealous rage on your then girlfriend.

“Then, after you assaulted her, you passed out, woke up, and attempted to persuade her to say you’d fallen.”

“A lot of people would think, I’m afraid Mr Burgis, that that was pretty despicable.

"It doesn’t seem to me that there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.

"You do pose a danger, especially to female members of the public who may end up in a relationship with you."

Burgis was jailed for three years. He was also handed a ten year long restraining order.