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A thug has been jailed for a brutal attack on a couple despite actress Kelli Hollis asking a judge for mercy.

The former Emmerdale and Shameless star wrote a glowing reference for violent criminal Lee Brimble, 36, after he admitted carrying out the attack on a mother of three and her boyfriend outside his home in Leeds.

The terrified children of victims Kelly Brawley and Mark Hughes watched in horror as Brimble punched their parents to the ground, outside his home in Halton Moor, Leeds, West Yorkshire, on June 27, 2019.

Emmerdale actress Kelli Hollis gave a statement in support of Lee Brimble at assault sentencing

Emmerdale actress Kelli Hollis gave a statement in support of Lee Brimble at assault sentencing

Lee Brimble has been jailed for two years and eight months after being convicted of assault

Lee Brimble has been jailed for two years and eight months after being convicted of assault

Actor Lee Brimble (right) has been jailed for two years and eight months over a brutal attack on a couple in front of their children despite actress Kelli Hollis (left) asking a judge for mercy

Pictured: Kelly Brawley suffered serious lacerations and a sunken eye socket after the attack which required multiple surgeries to try and fix and she told the court she is still recovering

Pictured: Kelly Brawley suffered serious lacerations and a sunken eye socket after the attack which required multiple surgeries to try and fix and she told the court she is still recovering

Pictured: Kelly Brawley suffered serious lacerations and a sunken eye socket after the attack which required multiple surgeries to try and fix and she told the court she is still recovering

The court heard that the couple had been at a family function earlier in the evening and that Kelly went home in a taxi with her three children while her partner Mark stayed at the event.

Prosecutors told the court that Kelly received information that her partner was involved in a fight with Brimble outside his home and she drove to the scene with her children.

CCTV footage played to the court showed Brimble with his shirt off ‘in preparation for violence’ at which point he punched Mark to the ground before turning on Kelly when she tried to intervene, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Kelly is scarred for life after suffering a shattered eye socket and severe lacerations to her face which needed three operations and required six plates to be fitted.

The former hotel housekeeper told the court: ‘It genuinely breaks my heart to look at myself in the mirror.’

The assaults were caught on CCTV and the footage, which Brimble himself said made him feel ‘sick’ was seen by the judge.

Lee Brimble has been jailed for two years and eight months after admitting the assault

Lee Brimble has been jailed for two years and eight months after admitting the assault

Lee Brimble has been jailed for two years and eight months after admitting the assault

Before sentencing at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Christopher Batty said he had read a number of references on Brimble’s behalf, including from Hollis, 45, who had acted alongside him on the TV movie ‘ Tina Goes…’ trilogy.

The movies were set on the tough Halton Moor estate and Brimble played a character called Muffy.

But Judge Batty told Brimble: ‘There’s a lot to like in your personality, but when you lose your temper it is very difficult for you to get it back.

‘What you did on that night is just too serious to overlook.’

Describing the video of the attack, Judge Batty said: ‘When you lost your temper, you were up for the fight.

‘You took your shirt off and you were bouncing around.’

Brimble was jailed for two years and eight months and given a life time restraining order to not contact his former friend Kelly Brawley after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding and grievous bodily harm.

In CCTV played to the court, Brimble was seen attacking Kelly and Mark near his Leeds home

In CCTV played to the court, Brimble was seen attacking Kelly and Mark near his Leeds home

In CCTV played to the court, Brimble was seen attacking Kelly and Mark near his Leeds home

Kelly Brawley

Kelly Brawley

Kelly Brawley

Kelly Brawley

Pictured: Kelly Brawley says she has been left permanently scarred by the attack

Prosecutor Howard Shaw said Mark Hughes was knocked out cold in the attack and suffered facial wounds. Kelly sustained lacerations to her left cheek, and damage to her eye socket.

Despite surgery on three occasions she is left with a sunken face, tinnitus and tooth ache and is on pain killers.

‘She actually has to live with this for the rest of her life,’ said Mr Shaw.

Her eldest daughter, who witnessed the attack, has been deeply affected by what she witnessed and has ‘gone off the rails’ as a consequence.

Speaking to The Sun, Kelly said of Brimble’s sentence: ‘I’m glad this nightmare is over. I’ve been worried that he was going to get away with it since it happened. I’m heavily pregnant and the stress on me having to give evidence was horrendous.

‘I hope he learns his lesson from his sentence and that he never does anything like this again.’

Source: Daily Mail

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