A thug who paid a sex worker £20 for oral sex in a Broadgreen alleyway punched, kicked and bit the woman after incorrectly believing she was trying to steal his phone.

Daniel Coxhead sobbed in the dock at Swindon Crown Court as he was sent down for 14 months.

Jailing the 36-year-old, Judge Peter Crabtree said: “This was a serious offence of violence in which you engaged in an intoxicated, sustained assault upon a vulnerable woman and caused her very real harm.”

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Daniel Coxhead outside Swindon Crown Court Picture: ADVER PHOTOGRAPHER

Prosecutor David Maunder said Coxhead’s victim had been a sex worker for a number of years. She was on Manchester Road on the night of November 23 last year when she approached Coxhead in the early hours.

The forklift driver, who had earlier in the evening sunk six or seven pints, would later tell police he was looking for a “working girl” he’d engaged previously but could not find her.

Another woman – his victim – approached him and asked if he wanted “business”.

They went to an alleyway off Rosebery Street where, according to his basis of plea, she began performing oral sex on him.

At one stage she had put her hands behind his back, he said. Mistakenly believing she was going to take his mobile phone he pushed her backwards. She was said to have scratched his face and began to scream.

Coxhead lashed out. His victim said she was punched, kicked in the head as she lay on the floor then tried to crawl away and had been bitten after she bit his finger. He also throttled her.

Summarising a statement she made to the police, Mr Maunder said: “She thought she was going to die.”

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Daniel Coxhead's custody shot Picture: WILTSHIRE POLICE

A County Road resident who saw part of the attack called 999, as did the victim. She was taken to Great Western Hospital but, after waiting several hours to be seen, left before she could be treated by medics.

Mr Maunder said she had a gold tooth knocked out in the assault. Her face was badly bruised.

A police officer called to the scene, Insp Colin Conway, noticed blood on a van at the scene of the assault.

Detectives issued a press appeal with a CCTV image of the suspect – later confirmed to be Coxhead. His landlady said he’d had a scratch mark on his face at around the time of the attack.

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The still CCTV image issued by police in December last year Picture: WILTSHIRE POLICE

Coxhead, of Ladydown, Calne, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Defending, Emma Handslip said her client was deeply ashamed of what he had done. “There is genuine shame, regret and remorse in relation to this offence. Every single time I have encountered Mr Coxhead it’s something that he gets incredibly emotional about.”

She acknowledged the forklift driver had a poor record, which included a jail sentence for robbery, but said he had not been in trouble since 2018. He had an agency job and was able to see his young daughter.

The probation service deemed him a medium risk of harm to the public and of reoffending, with a pre-sentence report recommending a lengthy community order.

However, Judge Crabtree said only immediate custody would suffice. “You have a record for violence [and] the time and location [of the assault] are aggravating features. The complainant was down an alleyway at night and in that respect isolated and vulnerable. She is a sex worker but there should be no doubt she deserves the court’s protection from brutality such as this.”