THE victim of a Winchester man's violence has been awarded £7,500 in compensation.

The 30-year-old woman suffered permanent scarring in the attack by her boyfriend Richard Kilcommons.

He was jailed for four years and three months at a hearing at Winchester Crown Court on June 28. Kilcommons, 54, admitted grievous bodily harm and assault.

The Judge Keith Cutler, the Recorder of Winchester, said the award would allow the victim to pursue a civil action against Kilcommons who owns a £750,000 property. As a serving prisoner he would have access to legal aid.

He said his award was for the general injuries and trauma. A civil action by the victim would take into account things such as loss of earnings and the cost of counselling.

The judge added: "The victim was very seriously physically injured.A glass was smashed into her forehead just missing her eye. She will have a scar in a very prominent position. She has been left physically and mentally scarred and never able to trust another man.

"She is still mentally traumatised and suffers nightmares of the attack."

Kilcommons, of Main Road, Littleton, was not at the court but appeared via video link from Cordingly Prison in Surrey.

Nicholas Tucker, representing Kilcommons, disputed the value of his property saying it was worth less than £700,000.

The judge gave him three months in which to pay.

A civil hearing is due to be held in due course.