Jail warning for thug after attack on ex-girlfriend


A THUG beat up his former girlfriend and caused damage to her home after letting himself in.

Ryan Heslop’s victim said she knew he was going to hurt her because of his “raging behaviour” when he turned up at the house on January 17.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the woman was left with soreness and swelling after Heslop punched her to the head, face and throat.

The 24-year-old also damaged three window frames and pulled a cupboard door off its hinges during the attack, as well as stealing £40 from her.

Heslop, of Cheviot Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to theft, common assault and criminal damage.

He also admitted threatening criminal damage last September as he said he would spray-paint graffiti over her home and her children’s school.

The court heard that police have a record of 28 domestic incidents involving Heslop’s behaviour to the woman and other past partners.

Judge John Evans sentenced Heslop, who has been in custody on remand for more than four months, to 18 months behind bars suspended for 18 months.

He also ordered him to do 100 hours’ unpaid work and comply with programme requirements.

Judge Evans told him: “You have got a terrible history of engaging in violence with those who find themselves described as your partners in the past.

“For the most part, you chose to abuse them.

“If you abuse anyone again after being released, it will be straight to custody.”

Jane Foley, defending, said Heslop has been receiving letters almost weekly from the woman, expressing “love and desire”.

Miss Foley said the relationship between them is now over.

She added: “It was a turbulent and destructive relationship.

“He has spent four and a half months in custody.

“He has never before spent time in custody in the way he has recently.”