A THUG who repeatedly kicked his ex in the face after stalking her has been jailed for eight months.
A court heard that Sharon Taylor broke off the two-month relationship with Martin Pennington because he was insecure and kept quizzing her about her previous partner.
You find yourself in this position today because of your jealousy. You couldn’t face up to it was coming to an end and she wanted to end it. You stalked her and were watching her in her own homeJudge Brian Lewis
She wanted to stay friends but had to tell him to stop visiting her Wigan home unannounced and changed her mobile number as he repeatedly contacted her. He was also seen walking up and down past her mother’s home, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
When this happened last November 22 her mum rang her and when she arrived she saw him prowl by three times, the last time facing into the living room window, said Charles Lander, prosecuting. Her mum repeatedly told him to leave and it was only after she threatened to ring 999 that he went. But he then contacted Ms Taylor on Facebook and eventually she agreed to meet him that night. After meeting up they went back to his home for a chat, drinks and TV and he admitted he had been watching her but denied it was stalking.
Later on Ms Taylor again mentioned “stalking” and about half an hour later decided to leave but he locked the doors trapping her in the house and said, “you’re not going.” Pennington took a handful of tablets but she made them spit them out and during a row he overturned a table, said Mr Lander. “He then grabbed the victim by her hair and threw her to the floor before kicking her a number of times to the face. He then stopped and said, ‘I’m going to get done for this’.”
He called an ambulance for her and left although he returned while paramedics were treating her and said he was going to take an overdose. Shortly afterwards he rang police saying he had done so and was wanted for assaulting his girlfriend. Officers took him to hospital and he was later arrested after admitting that he had thrown Ms Taylor to the floor and kicked her causing a black eye and cut lip.
Pennington, of Malvern Crescent, Ince, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm. Sentencing him and imposing a five-year restraining order, Judge Brian Lewis said, “You find yourself in this position today because of your jealousy. You couldn’t face up to it was coming to an end and she wanted to end it. You stalked her and were watching her in her own home.”