Sheffield man jailed for 'unprovoked and violent' attack on girlfriend

Kersley Hopkins Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A man from Sheffield has been jailed after admitting to seriously assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Kersley Hopkins, 30, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison after the court heard he had carried out an 'unprovoked and violent' attack on his then girlfriend, before punching two passers-by who tried to intervene and help her.

The incident happened on Brightmore Drive, in Sheffield, in February this year. Police say Hopkins repeatedly punched and kicked his victim in her head and chest for over 20 minutes. When two passing students tried to intervene, Hopkins punched one of them in the face.

Detective Constable Louise Radford from South Yorkshire Police said: "The victim’s bravery since this horrific attack has been remarkable. She has been completely supportive of our investigation and after such a violent incident, I can only imagine the great deal of courage this must have taken.

"For her, this was a clearly a terrifying experience and will have a lasting impact, however I hope the fact that Hopkins is now behind bars means she can start to move forward.

I hope Hopkins’s sentence reassures victims of domestic abuse that we take this type of crime incredibly seriously. We are here to listen, work with and support victims to ensure perpetrators get the punishment they deserve.

Detective Constable Louise Radford, South Yorkshire Police

Hopkins pleaded guilty to two counts of section 20 GBH and common assault.