A man has been jailed for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Doncaster home and threatening to ‘cut off pieces of her skin’ when he could not find evidence she was in a new relationship.
Lance Boyd Huntington, said to have a personality disorder because he is short, dragged her through the house, put his hand inside her mouth, and kicked her before brandishing a bread knife.
The 27-year-old had been going out with Brianna Cham since they were 16 but when the relationship came to an end he was suspicious she was seeing another man, Doncaster Magistrates’ Court heard.
Huntington, of Pickering Road, Bentley, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage at Miss Cham’s house in Ryedale Walk, Scawsby, and was jailed for 16 weeks.
The court heard he had three previous convictions for violence.
District Judge Jonathan Bennett said the offence, committed on February 1, was so serious only custody was appropriate - and he criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for not charging Huntington with the more serious offence of affray.
The court heard he broke into Miss Cham’s house through the front door and immediately went upstairs looking to see who else was in the bedroom.
When he found no-one he grabbed a bread knife, waved it in front of her, and said he would ‘cut pieces of skin from her’.
Huntington dragged her along the floor, put his hand in her mouth, kicked her between the shoulder blades, and banged her head on the floor.
Mr Bennett told Huntington it was ‘a sustained attack in her house while you were in drink’.
Defence solicitor Tim Williamson said his client had recently been seen by mental health experts who had diagnosed ‘adjustment personality disorder’ which had resulted from bullying at school because of his height.
“He is appalled at what has been described,” he said. “It is a most appalling episode and he is fortunate the charges were not higher.”
Mr Williamson said the couple had known each since they were 16 and had lived together for three years, but had no children.
He described Huntington’s jealousy, regarding Miss Cham wearing make-up and the smell of cigarettes in her house, as ‘very worrying’ and he had demonstrated ‘bizarre behaviour’.
His mental health problems, which had caused him to lose his job at Prosper de Mulder’s factory, had ‘haunted him in later life and affected his relationships’.
“He might feel his life is drifting aimlessly and there is nothing going for him,” he said. “His behaviour on February 1 sealed the fate of that relationship.”
The judge also imposed a five year restraining order on Huntington, preventing him from having any contact with Miss Cham or going to the street where she lives.