'He wanted me to eat so no one would want me' - Bizarre case of Doncaster prisoner who bit woman's face

A violent Rotherham thug who bit his ex-girlfriend on the face when she visited him in prison left her terrified he will take revenge upon his release, a court heard.

Saturday, 21st December 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 1:22 pm

Liam Greenwood told the woman she couldn't leave him and threatened to "knock her off her feet", before grabbing her jacket and pulling her towards him, at HMP Doncaster, on December 20, 2018.

"She thought he was going to kiss her and turned her face," prosecutor Eddison Flint said. "She had teeth-marks visible on her face."

The court heard she ended the relationship by telephone after he was imprisoned on March 18, 2018, for breaching a restraining order when he contacted a former partner.

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Liam Greenwood

She left him on December 31, 2017, after discovering Greenwood had been in touch with the woman, said Mr Flint.

As she drove to Rotherham with her cousin and young children, Greenwood blocked her car and said: "I will take that smile off your face" before headbutting her.

"Minutes later he texted and called her, begging her not to call the police," Mr Flint said, adding they later reconciled.

In May 2019, prison officers found Greenwood was hiding a mobile phone in his cell at HMP Doncaster. He tried to throw it out of the window, and later admitted he'd had it for months.

Sheffield Crown Court

In a statement, his ex-girlfriend said: "What has happened to me has ruined and changed my life. He wanted me to eat so no one would want me."

She said this put her off food and as a result she lost five stones and suffered hair loss. Since meeting him, she said she lost all her self-confidence and no longer socialised.

"I'm really afraid Liam will come after me to get revenge," she said. "I am also scared he will target my family. I don't think Liam will give up until he thinks he's won or moves on to someone else."

The court heard Greenwood has previous convictions for common assault, harassment and breaching restraining orders.

On one occasion in 2015, he climbed through his then partner's kitchen window and repeatedly punched and kicked the woman, Mr Flint said.

"He told her: "I'm going back to prison - I may as well give them something to send me back to prison for.""

Katy Rafter, mitigating, said: "He has suffered from some long standing mental health difficulties. He is genuinely remorseful.

"He recognises he needs some help. Unfortunately that doesn't appear to have taken place in a custodial environment. His mother is very unwell and has heart problems.

"He has no visitors and this is taking its toll on him."

Greenwood, 32, currently of HMP Hull, and formerly of Robinets Road, Greasbrough, was jailed for three years and three months. A five year restraining order, banning him from contacting the woman was also imposed.

Passing sentence on Friday, at Sheffield Crown Court, Recorder Abdul Iqbal QC told him: "Over a number of years you have shown disdain for people, both female and male, and propensity for violence when it suits you. The impact on your victim has been profound."