A LOVESICK Stourbridge law student who broke the nose of his former girlfriend when she refused to rekindle their relationship has avoided jail time.

Akeeb Pervaiz headbutted the victim in the face leaving her psychologically and physically injured in an attack that badly affected her confidence, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

The 22-year-old, of Paxton Road, Wollescote, had pleaded with the young woman to give him another chance after she ended their three years together - Howard Searle, prosecuting, said.

He told the court Pervaiz - after being told it was over for good - reacted angrily and left her with a fractured nose.

In a victim impact statement the woman later told police officers: "I felt ugly and I could not look at myself in the mirror. I also suffered from panic attacks."

Judge Marcus Tregilgas-Davey told Pervaiz: "You simply would not and could not accept the relationship had ended.

"Feelings were raw but your behaviour towards that woman was disgraceful. You had gone to her home to collect some of your belongings and while you were there you tried to get her to change her mind "The incident happened in her home where she was entitled to feel safe. She has suffered significant psychological harm as a result. She has even moved jobs because of her concern that you might come to her place of work.

"You have jeopardised your future career with your actions and you need help in dealing with any future relationships you may have."

Pervaiz admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was given a 12-month jail term suspended for two years and told he must carry out 250 hours unpaid work in the community., The judge also told him to pay his victim £500 compensation for her injury and made a five-year restraining order forbidding him from getting in touch with the young woman.

Mr Searle told the court that after the attack Pervaiz ran to his car and left the scene - leaving the victim to go to Russells Hall Hospital where it was confirmed she had a fractured nose but the injury did not require surgery.

Benjamin Nicholls, defending, stressed it was not a premeditated attack and Pervaiz had acted out of "criminal folly."

He said the incident had jeopardised any career he hoped to take up in law and also his part-time work as a security guard.

Mr Nicholls said: "He comes from a respectable family. He is embarrassed and ashamed by what he did but he has taken the consequences on the chin."