Violent Kirkby ‘bully’ jailed after assaulting ex-girlfriend

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A KIRKBY man described by a judge as a violent bully has been jailed for two years after breaking a ban on contacting his ex-girlfriend.

Steven Hodgkinson (23) was subject to a restraining order when he went to the woman’s home and threw a TV remote control at her, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

In the past he had spat in her face, damaged a door at her home and been convicted of other offences towards her, said Judge Jeremy Lea.

The judge told Hodgkinson: “The evidence suggests you are a violent and malicious bully with no respect for court orders.

“You clearly were not prepared to leave her alone.”

Prosecutor Gareth Gimson said the couple had once been in a relationship but it ended two years ago.

Last November Hodgkinson, of Cherry Avenue, was given a 24-month community order for common assault on his ex-girlfriend.

On 22nd January this year the woman was at home when she suddenly became aware of Hodgkinson standing in her hallway. It was mid-morning and the door was not locked.

“There was an argument and he wanted to know what she had been doing that weekend,” said Mr Gimson.

She told him he was not supposed to be there.

Hodgkinson threw a child-gate into the hall then pushed it against her, the court was told.

She was upset and crying but he punched a door and then threw the TV remote at her, hitting her in the back.

Someone arrived at the house and she took the opportunity to escape to a relative’s address and call the police.

In mitigation, it was said Hodgkinson had already spent nearly four months in custody on remand.

He and the woman did not have any children together but he had a child by an ex-partner.

He admitted breach of a restriction order and common assault.

The judge told him: “Your record shows previous convictions at her address. She can’t feel at peace and doesn’t know when you are going to turn up.”

The judge extended the restriction order until further notice.