Police have praised the "courage and bravery" of a woman who was repeatedly punched in the face during a frenzied assault in a nightclub - as her attacker was jailed.
Lacey Knight was out with friends at Elements in Clacton in December last year when she had a short conversation with 26-year-old John Kalema.
After the 22-year-old rejected his advances, he repeatedly punched her - causing her to fall backwards and hit her head on the bar.
Miss Knight was left with multiple fractures to her cheek bones and jaw, which needed wiring, black eyes and a swollen forehead.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard the attack was so violent, a man who spotted the attack and tried to intervene, and security staff at the club, could not overpower him.
Kalema, who is unemployed and of no fixed address, fled the scene but was arrested following an appeal by police.
He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm at a hearing in March and has now been jailed for three years.
Speaking following the sentencing, Det Con Richard English, of Essex Police, said the attack had been frenzied.
Miss Knight said it had been "a long, hard few months" but was pleased "justice had been served".