A man knocked his girlfriend unconscious when they argued after going out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, a court heard.
The day after the attack, Ryan Winstanley went looking for his victim and set fire to a pile of her clothes.
Winstanley, 20, was given a suspended prison sentence yesterday (Sept 2) after pleading guilty to two offences of criminal damage, arson and affray.
Conor Quinn, prosecuting, said the attack happened after Winstanley and his partner Jessica Walker spent the evening at a pub with another couple last New Year’s Eve and then went back to their home.
The couple argued before Winstanley struck her to the side of the head.
Mr Quinn said Miss Walker fell to the floor. She briefly lost consciousness and felt blood to the back of her neck. Winstanley then said to her: “Choke you bitch, die.” Winstanley, of Sutherland Terrace, Harehills, Leeds, then smashed Miss Walker’s mobile phone and broke a car window parked outside the property.
Mr Quinn said Winstanley went to Miss Walker’s grandmother’s home the next day as she had spent the night there.
He smashed a window before going around to the front of the house and set fire to a pile of her clothing. He then poured a bottled of her perfume on the flames.
Tamara Pawson, mitigating, said: “Ryan fully accepts the seriousness of his position. I do not attempt to justify his actions in any way. He knows he behaved badly and that he deserves punishment.”
Recorder Angus Withington gave Winstanley a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered him to take part in a 30-day activity programme designed to address his offending.
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