'Insanely jealous' Wirral man subjected partner to sickening week-long ordeal of violence (From Wirral Globe)
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'Insanely jealous' Wirral man subjected partner to sickening week-long ordeal of violence
12:48pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A jealous bully who subjected his partner to a serious of violent attacks has been jailed for four years.
A judge told Levi Mason yesterday that the way he had behaved in the week of the violence "defies humanity."
His behaviour including trying to put Pollyfilla in her ears with a knife, threatening to burn her with a cigarette, twice holding a pillow over her face and putting a knife in their mewing kitten's mouth.
24-year-old Mason, described as "almost insanely jealous" also threatened to pour acid over her face, pressed his fingers against her windpipe and flicked a lighted cigarette at her.
Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, told him, “The physical injuries which were inflicted may not have been severe but the mental anguish which you caused cannot be imagined.
“The way in which you behaved during the course of that week defies humanity.” “You are a controlling bully and you used your size to instill fear into this woman.”
“To say you were jealous doesn’t do justice to the word. You are almost insanely jealous.
"I am quite satisfied that you are quite capable of making life for a partner utterly miserable if she does not do your bidding.”
Liverpool Crown Court heard that in one of his rages punched her bedroom door so hard that it came off its hinges and he threw it across the room.
"He then hit her with a picture frame and struck her three times on the back with a broom handle.
"One hour later you slapped her in the face, placed your thumbs in her eyes and fingers into her mouth and she was crying on the couch.
"She went to bed but you pinned her to the bed and placed a pillow over her face. You were laughing while she was screaming," said Judge Goldstone.
"You pulled her of bed, threw her to the floor and spat at her," he added.
When she told him to leave he sprayed fake tan in her eye and when she reacted by spraying hair spray at him, he took it from her and set fire to the vapour.
He then tried to stub a cigarette out on her head and threw her mobile across the room smashing it.
He refused to let her leave and, after grabbing her by the hair, threw her against the wall.
While she lay cowering on the settee he put Pollyfilla on a knife and tried to insert it into her ears and eyes. He held the knife to her face and throat and she feared he was going to kill her.
Simon Duncan, prosecuting, had told the court the couple had only been together for three months when her week-long ordeal began at her home which they shared in Birkenhead in July.
He said Mason began to get “jealous and very aggressive" and the assaults began on July 27 when he took his partner’s phone and refused to give it back.
Mr Duncan said, "He lost his temper and got on top of her as she was lying on the bed.
"He put his legs either side, pinned her down so that she could not move. He pushed two fingertips on her windpipe, making it hard to breathe.
“She was struggling to get free. He then grabbed a pillow, placed it over her face and pushed it on to her. This induced a state of panic as she fought to breathe.
Mason began saying he was sleeping with other women and held a lit cigarette close to her skin before throwing it at her.
The young mother-of-one was too scared to call the police.
Two days later, after another argument, Mason poked her in the arm with a nail file and punched a door so hard it came off its hinges and then threw it across the room and then began the attack with the picture frame and broom.
He left but returned on August 4 pretending he just wanted to collect his clothes. But once inside, they began to row and he hit her on the head with a piece of wood causing a painful swelling.
He pinned her against the wall and held a bread knife to her face and a “Bowie” knife with a 9inch blade to her thigh.
He held the knife to the throat of their kitten and then put the knife into its mouth before cuddling it. He told her she would regret ever having met him, said Mr Duncan.
He threatened to pour acid on her face so no one would ever want to go with her and threatened to burn down her house.
Mason, of Frodsham Street, Birkenhead, pleaded guilty to three offences of assault causing actual bodily harm and four of criminal damage.
He admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence and conditional discharge for criminal damage and harassment.
Gerald Pachter, defending, said Mason was remorseful and filled with “shame and disgust”.