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Jealous Benjamin Young of Falmouth punched and threatened girlfriend

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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

At Truro Crown Court, Benjamin Young, 24, of Marlborough Road, Falmouth, 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 Hobson said Miss Heaford became "extremely drunk" and did not remember leaving the party. "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 her in the face and chin and held a small 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.

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

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

Paul Gallagher, for the defence, 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 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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