Man who swerved jail for attacking ex, 16, locked up for strangling new partner


Callum Whittingham, 21, was ordered to enroll in a ‘Building Better Relationships’ program after he beat up a 16-year-old he had been dating – he started dating Nicole Gosnay shortly afterwards and subjected her to physical abuse

Callum Whittingham, 21, was jailed for 21 months
Callum Whittingham, 21, was jailed for 21 months

A thug who avoided jail after he attacked his teen ex has now been locked up for strangling his new partner.

Callum Whittingham, 21, was ordered to enroll in a “Building Better Relationships” program after he beat up a 16-year-old he had been dating and bullied her into sex.

Two months later he started dating Nicola Gosnay, 25, and terrified her during a three-week fling.

When she broke off their relationship Whittingham throttled her until she could barely breathe and accused her of cheating on him.

She was left fearing for her life and when police were called to the scene they found Whittingham had a 23-page sheet of police call-outs related to domestic bust-ups

Callum Whittingham was convicted of assault on Nicole Gosnay


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He left her fearing she would die during the hour-long attack.

In November last year, he was given an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years after slapping his then 16-year-old former girlfriend claiming “‘he couldn’t help it.”

He avoided jail at the time, after saying a nine-week stretch imposed upon him in August 2020 over another domestic incident with another partner would have a “negative effect” on his depression.

At Minshull Street Crown Court Whittingham, of Stretford, was convicted of assault on Ms Gosnay was jailed for 21 months.

He was also found guilty of breaching the suspended prison sentence.

Nicole Gosnay dumped Whittingham when he accused her of cheating


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Whittingham and Ms Gosnay had started dating in January 2021


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He denied wrongdoing but was banned from contacting Miss Gosnay for two years under the terms of a restraining order.

The court heard Whittingham and Ms Gosnay had started dating in January 2021 but split up shortly after when he accused her of cheating.

The court heard that when Ms Gosnay went to his home to collect her things, Whittingham accused her of going to her ex and prevented her from leaving.

Ms Gosnay had an asthma attack and thought Whittingham was going to kill her.

He then forced her to sit on a sofa and then started punching her and hitting her over the head.

She tried to escape by jumping out of the bedroom window but he pinned her to the bed and held her arms above her head before choking her on three occasions using his bare hands.

Nicole Gosnay was left fearing for her life


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He eventually let her go saying: ”Tell them you’re ok – we are not in a relationship” but she told the police about her order after a neighbor called 999.

Whittingham later told police he shouted at Ms Gosnay and denied strangling her. The court was told the assault went on for an hour.

In mitigation, Whittingham claimed he had not started the Building Better Relationships program when the latest assault occurred.

He had previously said his birth mother died when he was 16 and his adopted father died when he was 17 and he had been living in care homes.

According to the Ministry of Justice, the ”Building Better Relationships” program is designed to ”help male perpetrators of violence and abuse within heterosexual intimate relationships”.

It claims to increase ”understanding of motivating factors in domestic violence, reduce individual risk factors linked to violence and develop pro-social relationship skills.”

Sentencing, the judge Miss Recorder Abigail Hudson told Whittingham: ”Your relationship was very brief but you became increasingly aggressive once you became a couple, demanding constant availability from her.

”You made her sit on the floor whilst making punching gestures towards her and when she went out and stayed with a friend as she was perfectly entitled to do, you constantly called her threatening to burn her belongings.

”She dumped you but you accused her of cheating, dragged her into your house, and strangled her to the extent she thought she was going to die.

”The impact of your behavior has eroded her trust in men. You are a very young man and you clearly have no recognition of why your behavior is a problem. I can assure you it is you – not them.”

The judge added: ”I have sadly very little doubt that your next relationship will be controlling, you will be checking her phone and accusing her of her infidelity whilst giving her orders and giving her pain.

”The reality is although I accept you need help building better relationships, the public need to be protected from you and protected from the clear risk of harm by you towards any female you get into intimate relationships with.

”In the near future you are going to be released and it is hoped you will make some progress in custody – but I don’t have much faith in that.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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