Man jailed for throttling his girlfriend ‘til she passed out

Banbury Cake: Recorder Patrick Hamlin Recorder Patrick Hamlin

A 21-YEAR-OLD has been jailed for throttling his girlfriend on their anniversary until she blacked out.

Ben Horsman, of Waltham Gardens, Banbury, admitted one count of causing actual bodily harm to Teresa Simms on June 13 this year.

The assault occurred after she discovered on the day of their anniversary that he had been talking to other women on internet dating websites.

Alistair Grainger, prosecuting, said Horsman’s victim was left with concussion and bruises on her arms, neck and face after the “ferocious and prolonged” attack.

He told Recorder Patrick Hamlin that the assault was prompted by an argument which broke out when Miss Simms found her partner was using dating sites.

The barrister explained that after an initial argument, the couple went for a meal, drank heavily, and argued again when they were together in bed. Mr Grainger said this prompted Horsman to grab and squeeze his girlfriend’s throat, grab her hair and punch her repeatedly in the face.

He added that Miss Simms told police she lost consciousness and Horsman put his hand over her mouth when she tried to cry out for help.

The defendant also admitted battery against the same girlfriend earlier this year, for which he was given a 12-month community order.

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Graham Bennett, defending, said that his client “realises that he has done real damage to her and to the relationship”.

He added that Miss Simms had written a letter to the court in support of Horsman.

Recorder Hamlin said: “I doubt much benefit is going to come to either party as a result of the continuation of this relationship.”Re

He sentenced Horsman to 14 months in prison and told him to continue his community order with a domestic violence requirement.

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9:39pm Mon 28 Oct 13

sparro says...

yet another coward
yet another coward sparro

2:11pm Tue 29 Oct 13

dukeofM4 says...

It was unwise for her to argue the toss about his activities on a dating website after they were both drinking heavily that night. The answers could've have waited until morning. However she pulled the tail of the pit bull, got bitten and the courts are trying to make a statement.

Courts - they (including her) need relationship management. Obvious they both make a toxic mix. Putting him in prison and then they get back together isn't going to be roses. She is obviously part of the problem, but in the world of domestic violence, we blame only the person who become physical. Her apparent emotional abuse about his dating website activities are not taken into account.

It would be best for both of them to split rather than him wind up again in court for GBH or worse.
It was unwise for her to argue the toss about his activities on a dating website after they were both drinking heavily that night. The answers could've have waited until morning. However she pulled the tail of the pit bull, got bitten and the courts are trying to make a statement. Courts - they (including her) need relationship management. Obvious they both make a toxic mix. Putting him in prison and then they get back together isn't going to be roses. She is obviously part of the problem, but in the world of domestic violence, we blame only the person who become physical. Her apparent emotional abuse about his dating website activities are not taken into account. It would be best for both of them to split rather than him wind up again in court for GBH or worse. dukeofM4

1:46am Wed 30 Oct 13

Severian says...

His client "realised he had done real damage... to the relationship"???? Don't you just love lawyers - he nearly killed her!

And dukeofM4 - your 'she was asking for it' argument holds little water these days. You can't argue you in court that you only strangled someone because she wound you up. I do though love your comment "her apparent emotional abuse about his dating website activities...."

From your comments it seems that you are a bit 'old school' - treat the **** like dirt and she'll love you for it??
His client "realised he had done real damage... to the relationship"???? Don't you just love lawyers - he nearly killed her! And dukeofM4 - your 'she was asking for it' argument holds little water these days. You can't argue you in court that you only strangled someone because she wound you up. I do though love your comment "her apparent emotional abuse about his dating website activities...." From your comments it seems that you are a bit 'old school' - treat the **** like dirt and she'll love you for it?? Severian

9:27am Wed 30 Oct 13

snert says...

Well he sounds like a lovely person. You can't change people like that so she'd be better off leaving. Sadly many women in abusive relationships don't leave because of fear and because of low self-worth and a belief that noone will belive their story, coupled with the fact that they think they have nowhere else to go. Lots of women in these types of relationship also think that they can change them or they "didn't mean it and I must have prompted it in some way". It's similar to the Stockholme Syndrome.

On a side note why is there a picture of the recorder on the article? When I saw the headline, I instantly looked at the pictute and thought "what a *******" and then started reading only to find out that he was 21. Then I thought, "hang on, that isn't him". Good editing there.
Well he sounds like a lovely person. You can't change people like that so she'd be better off leaving. Sadly many women in abusive relationships don't leave because of fear and because of low self-worth and a belief that noone will belive their story, coupled with the fact that they think they have nowhere else to go. Lots of women in these types of relationship also think that they can change them or they "didn't mean it and I must have prompted it in some way". It's similar to the Stockholme Syndrome. On a side note why is there a picture of the recorder on the article? When I saw the headline, I instantly looked at the pictute and thought "what a *******" and then started reading only to find out that he was 21. Then I thought, "hang on, that isn't him". Good editing there. snert

3:07pm Wed 30 Oct 13

piper2011 says...

sadly some young girls love this sort of treatment (they think it means the lad loves them), my 20 year old step daughter has had 3 boyfriends who were violent, she has been hurt so many times, been hospitalised, the police and domestic abuse unit must be sick of her. she wont stay away from them,
sadly some young girls love this sort of treatment (they think it means the lad loves them), my 20 year old step daughter has had 3 boyfriends who were violent, she has been hurt so many times, been hospitalised, the police and domestic abuse unit must be sick of her. she wont stay away from them, piper2011

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