30th May, 2020

Misogynist terrorised partner during two-and-a-half hour ordeal

A MISOGYNISTIC man with a history of violence towards women and a conviction for manslaughter has been jailed after terrorising his partner.

Neil Stafford had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to charges assault and using controlling and coercive behaviour during a relationship with his victim.

The 47-year-old, of the Blue Lias in Stockton, Southam, was jailed for 22 months and given a restraining order banning him from having any contact with his victim for ten years.

Prosecutor John Brotherton said they had begun a relationship after meeting in 2017 at a bar in Leamington where she worked.

Last November she began a new job but Stafford became ‘horrible’ towards her, and she had to call in and say she would not be going back.

That night the victim took the opportunity to leave, and went to stay with a friend she had contacted via the television’s internet connection after Stafford had taken her phone from her and locked it in a safe.

But he begged to see her, and the abuse continued when she returned to the Blue Lias, including punching her and twisting her joints.

Further abuse followed including him ripping up a dress he had bought her and using it to try to strangle her.

He smashed her phone and told her he was going to tie her up and gag her to stop her leaving while he went out.

During her ordeal, which lasted for two-and-a-half hours, he also hit her with a torch and spat coffee over her.

The next day they went to a chemists in Southam where he told her to go in to collect his medication – and when she did so she burst out crying and the police were called.

Mr Brotherton said Stafford had been jailed in Budapest in 2017 for offences against a previous partner, and as a 16-year-old had been sentenced for the manslaughter of a friend following an explosion as they were trying to make fireworks.

Chloe Ashley, defending, conceded: “He has a troubled history. He’s a man who it is said has a misogynistic attitude.”

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