Grimsby man in court after tirade of violence
A man with a ‘bad temper’ who relentlessly attacked his ex-girlfriend and denied her escape has been charged.
The woman attempted to flee the property, where she managed to temporarily scramble out of a windows, before being dragged back in by the man. A neighbour is understood to have heard her cries.
The court heard the mans tirade of violence against his former partner.
Andrew Prior, 26, of Grimsby, but recently remanded in custody, admitted assaulting the woman, causing actual bodily harm, on June 28.
At Grimsby Crown Court, Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, said that Prior and the woman had been in a relationship and had known each other for two years but it ended. Prior made threats to her because he did not want the relationship to end.
She returned to her family home in Grimsby to get some belongings and let herself into the house, but Prior later entered and immediately attacked the woman after charging towards her in the hallway. He hit her with both hands all over her body reports say.
He grabbed his ex-girlfriend’s hair, screamed at her and called a “s**g”. She told him: “Just go”. A neighbour heard and saw what was going on and he told Prior: “Get away from her.”
She suffered bruises and scratches as well as black eyes. Prior had convictions for nine previous offences between 2016 and 2020, including assault.
He had been locked up for eight months for breaching a non-molestation order.
He had also been given two years in 2016 for attempted robbery, six weeks for possessing an offensive weapon and two years in 2020 for affray. Rachel Scott, mitigating, said that Prior now accepted that the relationship was over.
“He wants no more contact,” said Miss Scott. “He wants no more contact with her family. He wants to move on with his life. He is incredibly apologetic for his actions.”
Judge Michael Fanning told Prior: “This was a prolonged incident in which you made efforts to prevent her from getting help.” Prior was jailed for 19 months and was given a five-year restraining order.
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