An aggressive boyfriend strangled and threatened to kill a young mother in a cruel “revenge attack” after warning her: “Snitches get points.”
Heavy drinker Benjamin Feeney, 23, also stubbed out a cigarette on the woman’s head and taunted her, saying, “Look at the state you’re in. No wonder I cheated on you.”
Hull Crown Court heard how he gave her explicit details of his sexual encounters with another woman and locked her inside her own home so she couldn’t leave, Hull Live reported.
Feeney, from Hull, admitted to assaulting the woman, causing actual bodily harm, as well as witness intimidation and criminal damage.
The prosecutor, Stephen Robinson, said Feeney abused his partner, calling her names, and police told him not to contact her.
But they started communicating on Snapchat and texting became “flirty.”
Feeney made the threat on August 17 and then sent her a message saying “Snitches Get Points” and asked her to file her police report on him.
He threatened to break into her house and there was an argument, which she recorded on her phone. She tried four times to get the phone out of her hand.
On Sept. 1, the woman challenged Feeney for smoking cannabis, but he locked her inside his house so she couldn’t get out.
He returned 10 minutes later and damaged a phone charger by cutting it with scissors before locking her in the house again for 30 seconds.
He told her, “Look at the state of you. No wonder I cheated on you.”
Feeney gave her intimate details of sexual antics he had done with other women before pushing her backwards over a door handle.
“He grabbed her by the neck and pinned her against the door,” Robinson said.
The woman was unable to pull Feeney out and he pulled her hair and grabbed her neck with both hands.
He warned her, “I’m going to kill you.”
Feeney went out for a cigarette, and she closed the door from the inside, but he told her, “If you don’t let me in, I’m going to kick your door in.”
She was concerned for the safety of her children, ages two and one.
Feeney told her, “I’m going to burn you, you fucking stupid” and brought a lit cigarette to her face in the area between her eyebrows, causing burns to her forehead.
He looked at his phone for 45 minutes before he left.
It was an “impulse revenge attack” and there was “strangulation of a vulnerable victim,” Robinson said.
The victim later said she was “heartbroken” and did not sleep for three days and did not eat for 18 hours.
“I feel empty,” she said. “I’m insecure about everything.”
She had been living in a “nightmare” and was not sleeping well, crying incessantly and the pain “didn’t feel like normal pain”.
Mitigating Dale Brook said Feeney had no prior convictions and was immature and perhaps emotionally inadequate to deal with the complexities of a particularly difficult relationship.
“These were appalling incidents,” Brook said. “They are serious.”
Feeney was a hard worker and an “admirable young man” and there were glowing references from his mother and employer.
He had previously worked for Hull City Council and still had the opportunity to work there, despite being in custody since September.
Recorder Taryn Turner condemned Feeney’s “intimidating, aggressive and embarrassing behavior” and the persistent and prolonged attack that involved “strangling this young woman” who was obviously vulnerable.
“You seem to have a drinking problem because you drink too much,” he said.
Feeney received a 20-month suspended prison sentence, a 90-day labeled alcohol abstinence order, and 39 days of rehab.
He was ordered to pay compensation of £750 and given an indefinite restraining order.
After the hearing, the victim, who was in court, declined to comment.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.