Builder, 22, jailed for beating girlfriend after she refused to have sex

The woman was sentenced today at Snaresbrook Crown Court (Picture: John Stillwell/PA)

The woman was sentenced today at Snaresbrook Crown Court (Picture: John Stillwell/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

A Lithuanian builder who repeatedly slammed his pregnant girlfriend’s head into a brick wall when she refused to have sex with him has been jailed for nine years.

Vita Ramonaite was hospitalised for three weeks and suffered a miscarriage after the attack at the hands of Robertas Ciuzas.

The 22-year-old had drank almost a litre of vodka on June 15 this year after a night out with Ms Ramonaite and her sister.

The three shared the same double bed in a flat in Green Lane, Ilford.

When Ciuzas demanded sex, Ms Ramonaite refused and he began throttling her, waking her sister up.

Both women fled into the flat’s tiny garden to escape from Ciuzas and to call police but he followed them.

David Stanton, prosecuting, said: “He made a grab for Vita’s head and proceeded to slam her head about five or six times into a wall.

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“While she was on the floor he punched her many times, he then went back into the house and left her lying in the garden.

“Her sister shouted ‘You could have killed her’ – he said ‘that was my intention’.”

The victim had bleeding to the lining of the skull and a fracture. She was kept in hospital for three weeks and lost her unborn child.

Ms Ramonaite has returned to Lithuania taking their two-year-old son with her.

Ciuzas admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Sentencing Ciuzas, Judge Stephen Dawson said: “This was an extremely serious matter which could well have resulted in permanent and life-threatening injuries.

“Since this incident she’s been having headaches and she also suffered a miscarriage which she thought was due to the stress of all that happened, she said she’s lost a lot of her confidence.”