Teenager grabbed woman by the neck and dragged her into alleyway

This violent teenager terrified his ex-partner when he grabbed her around the neck and dragged her into an alleyway.

Days later, Joel Taylor smashed his way into the victim’s home, appeared in her bedroom and punched her before stealing her mobile phone.

Derby Crown Court heard how the 19-year-old father was struggling to cope with the break-up of their relationship when he carried out the spate of violence against her.

Now he has been sent into youth detention for a total of 15 months.

Recorder Mark Watson said: “These are three serious incidents of domestic violence.

“In her victim impact statement she says she feels scared, anxious, paranoid and fears for her safety and that is not surprising seeing what you have done.

“You dragged her off the street and into an alleyway and that must have been terrifying.

“On April 8 she was at her own place where she should feel safe, she heard the noise of damage downstairs and that was you putting her window through.

“You then appeared in her bedroom and took her mobile phone.

“She tried to escape, you put her in a headlock and punched her.

“This is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”

Sarah Phelan, prosecuting, said Taylor and the victim had been in a relationship between October 2018 and August 2019 and had a son together.

She said the woman finished it, which the defendant struggled to cope with and in March of this year the spate of offending began.

Miss Phelan said he smashed a window at her Chesterfield home on March 22 and then four days later he telephoned her begging they got back together.

She said: “He told her life was miserable without her but her response was that she did not want to be in a relationship with him any more.

“He saw her as she was about to cross a street, grabbed her around the neck and dragged her into an alleyway, putting his hand over her mouth.

“Thankfully this was short-lived as someone saw what was happening and intervened.”

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Miss Phelan said the most serious offence took place on April 8 when the victim was in her bedroom, heard the sound of smashing downstairs and Taylor suddenly appeared in front of her.

She said: “He took her mobile phone from her hand, she tried to get out of the property but he again put his hand over her mouth and pulled her back into the house.

“He put her in a headlock and punched her.”

Taylor, of Bridge Street, Worksop, pleaded guilty to burglary, criminal damage and assault.

He has three previous convictions for 13 offences and appeared over a video link from HMP Nottingham for the hearing.

Emma Coverley, mitigating, said: “He is an immature 19-year-old who is quick-tempered and who in periods of high emotion lashes out.”

As well as the jail term, Recorder Watson handed the defendant a five-year restraining order not to contact the victim.

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