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Falmouth carpenter Benjamin Young punched his girlfriend and held a knife to her throat

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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A FALMOUTH carpenter punched his girlfriend and held a knife to her throat after becoming jealous over rumours that she had cheated on him.

Appearing at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday, Benjamin Young, 24, of Marlborough Road, admitted assaulting Samantha Heaford and causing her actual bodily harm.

Elaine Hobson, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “He appears to be a very jealous young man.

“He easily becomes aggressive if any sort of male shows any sort of interest in her.”

On December 20 the couple went to a party in Penryn, where someone was spreading rumours that she may have cheated on Young, which Ms Hobson described as “tittle tattle”.

Ms Hosbon said Miss Heaford became “extremely drunk” at the party and did not remember leaving.

“She then remembers that she was on the bed and Mr Young was getting mad with her and calling her things like ‘dirty slag’, said Ms Hobson.

“He started punching Miss Heaford in the face. She says ‘I remember Mr Young pinning me down by the throat on the bed’.”

Young punched Miss Heaford in the face and chin and held a small pen knife-type knife to her throat.

Ms Hobson said: “He made threats to slit her throat. He said ‘I am going to kill you’.”

The next morning Miss Heaford woke up with Young trying to cuddle her but he started calling her names again so she left and the police were called.

Miss Heaford suffered bruising to her neck, chin, lip and temples in the attack

After being arrested and while in custody, Young managed to make three phone calls to Miss Heaford, leaving messages on her answering machine saying that he loved her and asking her to try to stop the prosecution.

The court heard Young had 20 previous convictions for 39 offences and that he had a record of treating ex-partners badly, including an offence on December 4, for sending abusive messages to a former partner.

Paul Gallagher, defending, said Young, an apprentice carpenter, was immature and suffered from a lack of self-confidence.

Court liaison probation officer Mary Lewis, said Young had told her he did not want to behave in the way he did and that he wanted to change.

Young was sentenced to 14 months in prison suspended for two years.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, ordered that he take part in a Building Better Relationships programme requirement and be under the supervision of the probation service.

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  • josdave  |  January 15 2014, 1:28PM

    What happened to the statement from government that knife crime was to be a n automatic prison sentence? Someone should have told the over lenient magistrates down here.

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