Abusive boyfriend told partner ‘I will cut your throat’
AN abusive boyfriend described as “a Jekyll and Hyde character” has been jailed after telling his girlfriend he would kill her and dump her body.
Cardiff Crown Court heard golf club worker William Morton chased his partner with a knife and kicked her in the back where he knew she had previously suffered a fracture.
Prosecutors said on one occasion she told him she was bleeding and he replied: “I’m going to make you bleed more.”
The court heard Jodie Tague met the defendant through a dating website and they were in a relationship for about a year.
She said he could be “very loving” but described him as “a Jekyll and Hyde character”, particularly after drinking.
David Pinnell, prosecuting, said the couple had an argument at home in Barry on October 23 last year.
He told the court: “The defendant grabbed hold of her neck and held her against a kitchen unit by her throat.”
Morton grabbed a large kitchen knife and chased her through the house. The court heard she ran into a box room and curled up. Mr Pinnell said the victim was “petrified”, adding: “She thought he was going to kill her.”
Prosecutors said the defendant got up for work at about 6.30am on November 6 and found Ms Tague’s dog had fouled its bed. The court heard he went up to the bedroom and kicked her “full force” in the spine, where he knew she had previously suffered an injury.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Thomas Crowther QC told the defendant: “You chose to kick her in one of her most vulnerable places.”
Five days later Ms Tague returned home to find her boyfriend had been drinking and went out to let him calm down. Prosecutors said Morton “tried to be affectionate” but became angry.
Mr Pinnell said: “He grabbed her, threw her into a chair, and spat in her face.” He told the court the defendant would get upset and start crying before carrying on.
Prosecutors said Ms Tague managed to leave, then Morton sent her a message saying: “I will cut your throat and dump you. I’m going to kill you. I’m going to do it.”
The court heard the pair went Christmas shopping on December 23 after visiting family to announce Ms Tague was pregnant.
Mr Pinnell said they had an argument about how much food to buy and the defendant grabbed her by the neck before pushing her down the aisle.
On February 18 they stayed in a pub while visiting family. The prosecutor said: “He started to kick her under the duvet.”
He told the court Ms Tague slept on the floor and the defendant told her to get back into bed but, when she declined, he lifted her by the wrists before dropping her on the floor again.
The complainant ended the relationship and Morton was arrested on March 18. In a victim personal statement read out in court she said she felt “on edge” and had lost her confidence.
A pre-sentence report judged Morton to present a medium risk of causing harm to the public, especially future partners.
Morton, 30, from Barry, admitted controlling or coercive behaviour.
Karl Williams, defending, argued his client had shown “genuine remorse” but the judge replied: “I do not accept that.” He told the court Morton had a “responsible job” at Llanishen Golf Club.
Judge Crowther told the defendant: “It does not seem to me there is any real remorse here – your sole regret is that she reported you.”
Morton was jailed for nine months and an indefinite restraining order was imposed.