A “violent and volatile” Trowbridge man who carried out a brutal assault on his ex-girlfriend before going on to break a Good Samaritan’s jaw in a separate unprovoked attack has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Shaquille Gordon, 27, of The Slipway in Staverton, appeared at Salisbury Crown Court on November 10 for sentencing after being convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm.

He had been cleared of three related charges of common assault, affray and criminal damage.

The first incident happened in Trowbridge on the night of on March 8 last year, when Gordon went to his ex-partner’s house and carried out a brutal attack on her.

Her injuries included a split eyebrow, bruising and a swollen face, including two black eyes, a cut lip and bruising around her throat. Gordon fled the scene but was arrested the following day by police.

He was later charged, but while awaiting trial he carried out another unprovoked attack, this time at a pub in Trowbridge.

In the early hours of 24 July police were called to the garden of The Kings Arms pub in Castle Street after Gordon launched a violent assault on a fellow customer.

The victim, a man in his 20s, had tried to intervene when he saw Gordon allegedly assaulting a woman.

Gordon responded by punching the victim in the face a number of times, leaving him with a fractured jaw.

Again, Gordon fled the scene but was arrested by officers a short time later at his home address in Staverton.

The woman in the second incident did not support the police investigation into the allegations of assault against her, so no charges were brought.

Gordon was found guilty of causing actual bodily harm to his ex-partner following a trial . He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm in the incident at the pub.

Senior police investigator Keith Harford, from Central CID, said Gordon was a violent offender who had showed no remorse for his actions.

He said: “Firstly, I want to pay tribute to the victim in the ABH case, who has shown a huge amount of bravery throughout this investigation and had to give evidence in court due to Gordon refusing to admit to his actions.

“I hope this case provides her, and other victims of domestic abuse, with reassurance that these types of crimes are taken incredibly seriously by the police. We know how difficult it can be for people to speak out about the abuse they are subjected to at the hands of a partner or ex-partner, but we want people to feel confident that they will be listened to and that support is out there.

“Both of these incidents have proven that Gordon is an incredibly violent and volatile offender, who thinks nothing of launching unprovoked brutal attacks on those around him.”