A UK man who threw boiling water over his ex-girlfriend and stabbed her with a screwdriver has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Michael Fitzgerald, 43, was convicted of two counts of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm in February - and on Friday he was jailed.
Manchester Evening News reports Fitzgerald attacked her a few days prior to the aforementioned assault, punching her to the ground and then kicking her.
Just days after this public attack in the streets of Manchester, the second assault occurred at the couple's flat.
Fitzgerald picked up a screwdriver and stabbed the woman three times in the leg then seized a freshly boiled kettle and threw the scalding water over her.
The woman suffered skin loss over 10 percent of her body and was hospitalised for a month.
His 47-year-old victim needed skin grafts, and has constant pain from her ordeal.
She told the court she cries when she looks at what Fitzgerald did to her.
"I will never be the same again."
The court heard the couple had been in a relationship for "some considerable time" before the attacks and both were addicted to Class A drugs.
During the relationship, there was "frequent violence".
When police arrived, they spotted the woman rocking back and forth "moaning in agony" on a grass verge. Fitzgerald was sitting next to her 'not offering assistance' - he claimed he was her carer, but the court heard he was there to ensure she did not tell police what he had done.
It was only when she was taken to hospital she revealed what had happened.