A THUG from Renfrew battered his lover so badly every bone in her face was fractured.

James McGarry, 24, almost killed Michelle McCormack when he turned on her after they had been on a night out last December.

A judge at the High Court in Glasgow heard this week how Michelle was “unrecognisable” after the attack.

McGarry later lied to ambulance staff his blood-soaked partner had accidentally fallen.

He is now behind bars after he admitted assaulting Michelle to her severe injury, permanent impairment and disfigurement as well as to the danger of her life.

McGarry was yesterday remanded in custody pending sentencing next month.

The attack happened at Michelle’s flat in Linwood.

They had earlier been at a local bar where McGarry got drunk downing cocktails.

He fell asleep at his lover’s home before she asked him to leave.

Prosecutor Lindsey Dalziel said Michelle then had “very little recollection” of what then happened.

The mum recalled being repeatedly punched – her next memory being treated at hospital.

The court heard McGarry in the meantime contacted a friend via Facebook. He mentioned Michelle’s name adding: “She is unrecognisable. I have done her in.”

It was the friend who dialled 999 and paramedics found McGarry outside the flat covered in blood. He insisted his girlfriend was hurt after an accident and that he had been “cuddling” her.

Miss Dalziel said: “He told paramedics she had hit her head on drawers and fell face first.”
Judge Lord Mulholland stated at that point during the hearing: “All that was a lie. He was responsible.”

The court heard Michelle’s face was horrifically bruised and swollen with her eyes closed shut. She also had injuries to her skull, hands and rib.

Miss Dalziel said: “She had fractures in all areas of her face top to bottom, left to right.”
This included both her top and bottom jaw being “displaced”. 

She needed “complex” surgery and was placed in a high dependency unit. There were concerns about her breathing as her tongue and mouth became swollen.

She was later able to leave hospital, but it is not known if Michelle will make a full recovery.

Medics concluded it would have needed “significant” force to cause her injuries.

McGarry was later held, but made no comment.

Lord Mulholland told him: “You have pleaded guilty to a brutal assault on an unarmed woman.” Sentencing was deferred for reports.

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