A 21-year-old man who chopped off his girlfriend's ponytail has been jailed for 12 months for causing her actual bodily harm.
Michael Cresswell (previously known as Michael Smith), from Dudley, performed the unwanted haircut on Michelle Tether on April 11 last year with a pair of kitchen scissors.
He was originally cleared of the charge in June last year by magistrates in Dudley who deemed that since hair was dead tissue, the offence did not constitute actual bodily harm.
But a successful appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions returned the case to court after two High Court judges ruled hair was a person's "crowning glory" and removing it without an individual's consent amounted to bodily harm.
Cresswell then pleaded guilty in February at a hearing in Dudley and was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Cresswell was also given a consecutive sentence of ten months for the aggravated taking of a vehicle in February, meaning a total sentence of 22 months. He received concurrent sentences for assaulting a police officer, obstructing a police officer, and criminal damage.
On April 11 last year, just before her 21st birthday, Miss Tether went to Cresswell's house, on Worcester Road, Netherton, Dudley and up to his bedroom where he was asleep. When she woke him, he pushed her down on the bed, produced the kitchen scissors, sat on top of her and cut off her ponytail.
Lisa Hennessey, defending Cresswell, said his grandmother, who had been a central figure in his upbringing, had died just before the ponytail incident and he had been told Miss Tether had started seeing another man.