A man who assaulted his ex-girlfriend later texted her to say ‘I only headbutted you because I love you.’
Leeds Crown Court heard Ryan Hall, 21, twice assaulted his former partner Stephanie Bryan, 17, and repeatedly breached a restraining order banning him from contacting her.
Hall, of Kinsley House Crescent, Kinsley, near Pontefract, headbutted Miss Bryan at an address on Eskdale Road, Wakefield, on June 26.
Prosecutor Christopher Dunn said: “There was a knock on the door and the defendant walked straight in and he head butted her on the left hand side of her head.
The defendant was crying and saying he still loved her.
She said she was in fear of him and constantly looking over her shoulder.”
The court heard Hall texted Miss Bryan with the message: “I only headbutted you because I love you.”
Mr Dunn said that incident occurred after a previous assault on June 19 when Miss Bryan was staying at a friend’s flat.
Hall arrived at the flat and stated arguing with Miss Bryan, who contacted her family for help.
Mr Dunn said her grandfather and brother Darren arrived, but Hall wouldn’t let Miss Bryan leave.
Hall grabbed Miss Bryan around the throat in a tight grip, digging his fingernails in.
Mr Dunn said: “Miss Bryan’s brother Darren tried to get the defendant off her, but the defendant ran down the stairs and punched him.”
Mitigating, Michael Devlin said: “He experienced violence at the hands of his father. He experienced domestic violence in the home and was taken in to care aged 12 and spent his teenage years in care homes and has steadily been involved with the courts since that date.”
Hall was previously convicted of two charges of assaulting Miss Bryan after a trial at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court.
He was also convicted of assaulting Darren Bryan and two charges of breaching a restraining order. The court heard that Hall has 21 previous convictions for 32 offences, which include burglary, assault and harassment.
He has breached restraining orders banning him from contacting Miss Bryan a total of six times.
Judge Rodney Jameson QC jailed Hall for 14 months and imposed an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting Miss Bryan.