Thug, 27, who stamped girlfriend’s canine Tilly to dying then dumped her lifeless physique in a bin throughout violent marketing campaign of terror is jailed for 12 months
- Liam Stezaker subjected Sarah Griffiths to a two-year lengthy marketing campaign of abuse
- He strangled and stamped on her canine earlier than throwing its lifeless physique in a bin
- He already had widespread assault conviction when he met Ms Grffiths on-line
A thug who subjected his girlfriend to a sickening marketing campaign of abuse earlier than hospitalising her and strangling and kicking her canine to dying, has been jailed.
Liam Stezaker, 27, met Sarah Griffiths on-line in 2016 they usually struck up a relationship however is quickly soured and he started repeatedly beating and spitting on her.
In February 2018 Ms Griffiths was taken to hospital and wanted staples in her face after Stezaker punched her.
Then in September final yr he attacked Miss Griffiths’ pet canine, Tilly, strangling it earlier than stamping it to dying and dumping its lifeless physique in a bin.
Sarah Griffiths’ pet canine, Tilly, who was stamped to dying by her now ex-boyfriend Liam Stezaker
Stezaker, from Hereford, admitting inflicting pointless struggling to an animal, assault and coercive and controlling behaviour at Worcester Crown Court docket.
The courtroom heard Stezaker and ‘susceptible’ Miss Grifftiths had met on-line in 2016, however the relationship quickly turned bitter.
Prosecutor Giles Nelson stated Stezaker already had a typical assault conviction and was beneath a group order when he killed Miss Griffiths’ canine.
He stated: ‘Appreciable drive was used to strangle the canine, inflicting extreme struggling. This was a gratuitous piece of violence towards the canine. It was not an accident.’
Defending, Martin Butterworth stated his consumer was ‘profoundly ashamed’ and claimed Stezaker had tried to rehabilitate himself, blaming his actions on his childhood and drug use.
Choose James Tindal instructed Stezaker he was thought-about a ‘excessive danger’ by the probation service, regardless of his efforts.
He stated: ‘You’re a younger man together with your fair proportion of challenges, however that it not unusual.
‘What’s depressingly widespread is that you just dealt together with your demons completely wrongly.’
Stezaker, from Hereford, admitting inflicting pointless struggling to an animal, assault and coercive and controlling behaviour
Choose James Tindal instructed Stezaker he was thought-about a ‘excessive danger’ by the probation service
Choose Tindal sentenced Stezaker to 12 months in jail for controlling and coercive behaviour, with two concurrent sentences of 4 4 months for inflicting pointless struggling and precise bodily hurt, plus 28 days for hashish possession – all to run concurrently.
Miss Grifiths, posting on social media after seeing Stezaker jailed, stated: ‘So there you’re. Justice has been performed. Jail time can be served and life will transfer on.
‘By no means have I been so overwhelmed by the assist and compassion of the chums who joined me right this moment. I’ve probably the most understanding and supportive companion who held me the entire time. Thanks guys.
‘I did really feel guilt that my preliminary report has landed somebody in jail. However after I remembered all of the terrible issues my guilt quickly subsided