A convicted killer punched, bit and launched a phone at his girlfriend as they rowed over a false rape claim.

Mark Collins, 46, left the woman with bruising on her brain and a deep cut to her face after she began punching him and bit him on the wrist.

The fight broke out on July 14 2020 following a few drinks, Liverpool Crown Court heard, and a 999 call was made claiming Collins started stabbing himself having bitten the woman's face.

Robert Dudley, prosecuting, said: "The sound changed as the phone appeared to move away from her mouth and there was the sound of a female screaming and a male shouting at a distance from the phone."

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Responding officers said Collins answered the door appearing "calm" and covered in a small amount of blood, the ECHO reports.

He told them: "She's f***ing evil mate, hey check this out I was watching telly and she bit me so I bit her back, she's got a conviction for smashing my head in."

When police went into the property the woman was "lying on her back on the floor between the sofa and the TV with a deep cut to her forehead and taking fast deep breaths".

Mr Dudley said the woman "cried out as though she was in pain" and after being treated in the living room and was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital.

She told officers the defendant had thrown her mobile phone at her, and showed them it was smashed and covered in blood.

Mr Dudley explained she had suffered a fracture to the left orbital floor in her face, as well as extensive bruising and swelling to the front of her brain, which the court heard was not thought to cause permanent brain damage.

In a police interview Collins explained the woman had said "I'm going to tell them you raped me" after which he "grabbed the phone and he must have hit it at her head".

He told officers the woman had bit him on his left wrist and said he didn't remember if he assaulted her further.

Collins was locked up for two years and a two year restraining order prevents him from contacting the woman.

Collins, of Prenton Lane, Prenton, was locked up for five years and five months in 2010 for manslaughter.

Just two years earlier he was handed a suspended sentence for battery after an attack on a former partner.

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