A cocaine and steroid user who subjected his girlfriend to a relentless “course of terror” has been jailed for six years. In one incident, Elliot Field, of Sketchley Road, Burbage, throttled the victim and gave her a black eye. He also threatened to wrap her in a carpet and dump her in a quarry on several occasions. Months of harassment and violence culminated in a terrifying ordeal in which he tied the victim’s hands together and attempted to force her into his van.
“You destroyed a young woman’s life.
“Your behaviour increased in its severity and depravity. The extent of the violence got worse and worse and worse.
“You subjected her to a course of terror. You were completely out of control. I think it is about as bad a count of harassment as there could be.”Field met the victim in October and was violent and aggressive from an early stage, the court was told. Between October 15 and January 7, he sent her more than 2,000 text messages. Prosecutor Timothy Harrington told the court: “On some days, when she was working, she received up to 68 messages over a few hours, and he would turn up unannounced when she was at work and demand she go home or go with him.” In one incident, Field pushed the woman into a fence, causing her to hit her stomach. She was pregnant with his child at the time. In another incident, he throttled her and hit her in the face, giving her a black eye. On another occasion, after he had been making threats, she went to the bathroom and was shocked on her return to the living room to find he had hanged himself. “She later described considering, for a moment, whether to leave him in that position, feeling relieved her torment would be over,” Mr Harrington said. “But she didn’t. She saved him.” Field’s violent behaviour reached a climax on January 7, in what Mr Harrington described as “a terrifying ordeal in which she seriously feared she was going to be killed”. After arriving at the victim’s home, he kicked the door in and attacked her, using cable ties to bind her hands together. He then forced a sock in her mouth, and tried to bind her legs as well. However, the victim managed to struggle free. Police were alerted and, as officers arrived, Field fled in his van – in which officers later found a sword. He initially denied any wrongdoing, claiming it was the victim who had been violent towards him. Field’s pre-sentence report said he was using both cocaine and steroids. Paul O’Keefe, mitigating, said: “While he does not suffer from mental illness, the effects of the steroids, cocaine and alcohol he was taking at this time may well have affected his behaviour and his thinking.” Field was made subject to an indefinite restraining order. Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Violent-drug-user-jailed-course-terror-girlfriend/story-22819448-detail/story.html#ixzz3BcrNEill