'He is someone who must hate women': 'Psychotic' Leeds thug threw knife at girlfriend, kicked her in the eye and attacked her in public during three separate attacks

A man threw a knife and his girlfriend, kicked her in the eye and assaulted her in public during three separate attacks in a month.

By Tony Gardner
Sunday, 25th October 2020, 6:00 am

Martin Young was jailed for two years and six months for subjecting the victim to repeated acts of violence in September 2019.

The 49-year-old has a long criminal record for domestic violence against former partners..

Leeds Crown Court heard Young threw a knife at the woman as he assaulted her during the first offence.

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Martin Young was jailed for two years and six months.

He kicked her in the eye during a second attack days later.

Harry Crowson, prosecuting, said the defendant said to the woman after causing the injury: "I know, I have f***** your eye. You are lucky I didn't kill you."

Young was arrested after the woman managed to take out her mobile phone and whispered to an operator the location where she was at.

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Mr Crowson said Young rang her mobile phone and she agreed to meet him because she was so frightened of him.

He punched her several times to the face in his car after picking her up.

Young drove the woman to his home and attacked her again inside the property.

She managed to run from the house but Young got into his car and caught up with her before dragging her back into the vehicle.

Young was arrested at his home later the same day.

He denied any wrongdoing when interviewed by police.

Young, of Seaforth Grove, Harehills, told officers that the woman had made up the allegations as she believed he was cheating on her.

He pleaded guilty to three offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Crowson said all of Young's convictions in the past five years have been for domestic violence.

He also has convictions for harassment, common assault, wounding and breaching court orders designed to prevent him from carrying out domestic violence.

The woman provided a victim statement to the court describing how she is terrified of Young.

Mr Crowson said: "He would batter her most days and nights and did not like her talking to anyone else."

The woman described how she considered Young to be "psychotic" and "someone who must hate women."

Michael Walsh, mitigating, said Young pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage, adding: "He is experienced enough to know that he is in a precarious position."

Sentencing Young, Judge Simon Batiste said: "You have a truly terrible record for offences of harassment and violence, primarily against partners of yours.

"This was horrible offending against your partner.

"You represent a high risk to partners and you have a poor record of compliance with court orders in the past.

"Only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified for these offences."