Thug held mum against her will in four-hour at­tack or­deal

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ATHUG who bru­tally at­tacked his ex-lover while hold­ing her against her will has been jailed.

Jake Wors­ley, 19, punched, stran­gled and stamped on Bethany Ledgar so hard that foot­prints were left on her back.

Dur­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing four-hour or­deal Bethany, then 17, was pre­vented from leav­ing the house while his mother and the es­tranged cou­ple’s baby daugh­ter slept up­stairs.

Wors­ley, of Lon­don Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted false im­pris­on­ment and as­sault occa- sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court.

He was sen­tenced to two and a half years in prison at Ch­ester Crown Court on Thurs­day.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Roger Dut­ton, de­scribed Wors­ley’s ac­tions as ‘cow­ardly bul­ly­ing’.

The court heard that Wors­ley’s own mother Vic­to­ria Small had de­scribed him to po­lice as ‘ma­nip­u­la­tive and con­trol­ling’.

Si­mon Parry, pros­e­cut­ing, said the for­mer cou­ple had bumped into each other on a night out in Mac­cles­field, prompt­ing a row over their daugh­ter.

He said Wors­ley set off to­wards his mother’s house on Craw­ford Av­enue where his daugh­ter was stay­ing the night.

He said: “She got a taxi try­ing to beat him back to the ad­dress. She knocked on the front door and Wors­ley ap­peared and dragged her in through the back.

“Dur­ing that four hours down­stairs he punched, stamped upon her, placed his hands around her throat and stran­gled her.”

Mr Parry said Wors­ley had demon­strated ‘gra­tu­itous degra­da­tion’ of his vic­tim.

He said: “Bethany man­aged to get out of the back door. She scratched his face. He grabbed her and made her prom­ise not to tell the po­lice.”

Bethany suf­fered in­juries to her hand, face and shoul­ders.

Myles Wil­son, de­fend­ing, said Wors­ley had dis­played ‘a lack of ma­tu­rity’, adding: “The de­fen­dant wanted to talk about his daugh­ter and com­pletely lost his tem­per.”

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing Bethany said she was re­lieved at the sen­tence and an im­posed 10-year re­strain­ing or­der.

She said: “My daugh­ter and I have been through hell be­cause of him.

“I had to leave my home town to get away from ev­ery­thing. Now I can come home and start my life again.”

‘My daugh­ter and I have been through hell be­cause of him’

●● Jake Wors­ley has been jailed for two and a half years

●● Vic­tim Bethany Ledgar and her young daugh­ter Lola

●● Wors­ley’s foot­print left on her back

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