By Lucy Middleton Sunday 7 Apr 2019 4:03 pm
A violent boyfriend who shouted ‘where’s my dinner wench’ before throwing the plate of food at his girlfriend has been jailed.
Craig Randall, 35, shoved, kicked, punched and strangled his partner in a spree of violence that caused the room around her to go ‘blurry’ in her words. But when the unemployed carpenter appeared in court he claimed his rage was all his victim’s fault because she had been ‘nagging’ him.
Craig Randall blamed the abuse on his girlfriend (Picture: Devon and Cornwall police)
He also said she was ‘constantly complaining about every little thing I did’ and had gone ‘doolally’ when she caught him kissing her best friend.
The court heard that the couple had been in a relationship for a year when they decided to separate. They later made up but continued to argue, at which time Randall shoved the woman into some stairs, which caused severe bruising to her thigh, prosecutor Nigel Wraith said. He then demanded that she come home and cook him dinner the next day, but when she did he ‘took the plate and threw it at her’, the court heard.
The prosecutor said the victim tried to leave the house but Randall followed and told her to come home, before assaulting her again by slamming her head on the coffee table. A couple of days later
Randall deliberately kicked and stomped on the woman’s injured leg, while continuing to punch, slap and head-butt her. The court heard that he then strangled her until the room became ‘blurry’
before throwing the car keys at her and leaving. The victim said in a statement: ‘I haven’t stopped shaking. I had to leave my hometown and friends to live miles away. ‘I have lost everything. My faith in humanity has been shattered.’
Randall, from Bow near Crediton, has a previous conviction for criminal damage at a former girlfriend’s house, the court heard. He admitted two counts of actual bodily harm and two of battery
against his latest victim. Judge David Evans ignored a recommendation to send him on a building-better-relationship course and jailed him for 20 months. He said: ‘It is clear to me as things stand you you pose a risk to partners and ex-partners. ‘Even though you present a realistic rehabilitation prospect these matters are too serious for anything other than immediate custody.’