Abu­sive boyfriend told partner ‘I will cut your throat’

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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.

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