An 18-year-old father who choked his girlfriend, poured dirty mop water on her and threw firecrackers at her with 17 is one of Britain’s youngest domestic violence offenders.
Teenager Bobby Hoyle liked to pose for social media pictures next to cars and on motorcycles.
But behind the boast was a person who subjected his young girlfriend to ongoing abuse.
In court this week, baby-faced Hoyle’s violent behavior towards the young woman was exposed as a protracted and “absolutely degrading” campaign of intimidation and jealous revenge.
Teenage dad Bobby Hoyle, 18, pictured, happily posed for social media posts
In one particularly horrific incident, the teenager strangled the girl.
Hull Crown Court heard the terrified victim feared she was dying. Hoyle also spat at her, threw a bucket of dirty mop water at her and threw firecrackers at her during the “terrible” and “appalling” catalog of molestation.
At one point he said to her, “If I can’t have you, nobody can”.
Hoyle, 18, from Goldcrest Close, Bransholme in Kingston upon Hull, admitted to scaring the woman of violence from harassment between August 22 and September 26. At that time he was just 17 years old.
Charlotte Baines, who was a prosecutor at Hull Crown Court earlier this week, said Hoyle and his ex-girlfriend had been in a relationship for about five months at the time and had met through a boyfriend.
Hoyle, then 17, strangled his young girlfriend and subjected her to various other acts of violence
The relationship was good until August, when Hoyle’s behavior took a turn for the worse and she no longer wanted to be with him.
In one incident that lasted 20 seconds, he strangled her with both hands. She couldn’t breathe and almost passed out. Meanwhile he told her to kiss him.
In another incident, the ex-girlfriend also asked him to leave her home, but he tried to set her bag on fire.
She tried to push him out of the house, but he punched her in the face, causing her eye to become swollen.
The young couple’s relationship was good until August, when Hoyle’s behavior took a turn for the worse and she no longer wanted to be with him
In a later confrontation, Hoyle took the phone from her before slamming it on a hard surface, taking it outside and stomping on it. “He wouldn’t give it back to her,” Ms. Baines said.
Hoyle showed up at her home in Bransholme later that day and the phone had been fixed. He grabbed his ex-girlfriend by both arms and poured a bottle of vodka down the drain. She told him he could keep the phone.
He then followed her while she was outside and kept riding his bike into her hind legs and telling her she was a ‘H***’.
In another incident at his home, she told him she was going home, but he grabbed her clothes and threw them on the floor.
She immediately ran downstairs, but he followed her and asked her where she was going. Outside he pushed her and she fell to her knees at the gate.
He was also dragging her down the street away from the house when she called his father for help. “She was screaming for help again,” Ms. Baines said.
Hoyle kicked his ex-girlfriend four times in the back of the head before she ran to a nearby house to be safe. He said to the woman living there, “Just get her out. I want to talk to her” and aggressively pounded on the window.
On another occasion, Hoyle spat at his ex-girlfriend, grabbed her, and dragged her around. “He tried to bang her body against a car door and hit her,” Ms Baines said. “He took her phone away from her.”
Hoyle pulled out a firecracker, lit it, and attempted to throw it through a car window while she was inside. “Fortunately, it landed on the street and there it exploded,” Ms. Baines said.
“She was yelling at her friend to drive away,” Ms Baines said. ‘He stuck his head out the open window. You managed to escape.”
Hoyle later attempted to climb up a drainpipe at his ex-girlfriend’s house at 10:40 p.m. while she was in the bath.
“He tried unsuccessfully to open an upstairs window,” Ms Baines said. ‘He climbed down and pulled on her dining room window.
‘The alarm went off. She could not call the police because the defendant still had her phone. She went downstairs in a towel and he asked her if she wanted to be with him.’
She asked him to leave but he grabbed a mop bucket of dirty water and poured it on her, covering her and making the floor slippery.
He grabbed her by the neck, threw her onto the sofa and told her, ‘If I can’t have you, nobody can.’
The girl continued to struggle with him for 30 seconds before he let go. He tried to stop her from leaving, but she managed.
Hoyle then followed her and started hitting her before dragging her inside and throwing her phone over a garden fence, cracking the screen.
On another occasion, Hoyle entered her home, ran towards her, pushed her onto the sofa, pushed her back down and grabbed her by the throat. He was arrested on September 27th.
Hoyle was convicted of seven previous offenses, including racketeering and wounding.
Nigel Clive mitigated that Hoyle was 17 when the offense began, but it continued after he turned 18. “He has not participated in any victim allegations at all,” Mr Clive said.
Hoyle wanted to apologize for what he had done. The worst part of the incident was the strangulation. “These are terrible things,” said Mr. Clive.
Hoyle had been in custody for three and a half months. “He’s had an opportunity to reflect on his life choices and the direction he’s taking,” said Mr. Clive. “He intends to get a job if he gets laid off. He’s already taken care of it.’
The ex-girlfriend came to the court to support him, didn’t want a restraining order and the relationship is expected to resume, the court heard. Hoyle had a year-old son from another relationship.
Meanwhile, Judge Kate Rayfield said the strangling was a “horrible form of violence”. “The person doesn’t know in those few seconds whether they’re going to live or die,” Judge Rayfield said.
The violence happened when the ex-girlfriend didn’t do what he wanted her to do. When she said she didn’t want to have a relationship with Hoyle, he couldn’t accept it and some of his behavior towards her was “absolutely demeaning,” including spitting on her and throwing in the mop bucket of dirty water.
Because he was acting so “appallingly,” the girl didn’t want to be with Hoyle anymore. “It was committed over a period of time,” Judge Rayfield said.
Hoyle received a two-year suspended sentence and 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to participate in 31 days of a program to build better relationships and 10 days of rehabilitation.
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