A TEENAGER who controlled his girlfriend by threatening her and stealing her phone has been given a community order.
Tyler Hirst (19), of Mount Pleasant Road, Masbrough, was in a controlling relationship with his ex-girlfriend between August and November last year, Sheffield Crown Court heard last Monday (22).
Mr Tim Savage, prosecuting, said Hirst had got to know his victim when she was 15, when he began calling her and following her around Rotherham town centre.
In June, they broke off their relationship when Hirst’s victim suffered injuries in a car accident.
Hirst resumed his relationship with her when she turned 16, Mr Savage said.
He had threatened to kill himself if she did not continue the relationship.
In September, during an altercation, he pushed her hard in the chest with both hands, Mr Savage said.
In October, they stayed together for two days but the victim did not want to stay because he had been smoking and taking crack cocaine.
She confronted Hirst about his drug use and told him she did not want to stay with him but he followed her upstairs and told her she could not go, Mr Savage said.
Hirst later took his ex-girlfriend’s phone to Cash Converters and sold it for £60, giving her £20.
He sent a message to his victim’s grandmother in which he threatened to kidnap his ex-girlfriend.
Hirst’s victim said in statement which was read in court that her ex-boyfriend had been constantly contacting her friends to try to get in touch with her.
“I have no interest in resuming my relationship with him,” she said.
“I worried about what he would do next.”
Hirst admitted offences of coercive or controlling behaviour, theft and sending an electronic communication with intent to cause distress at a previous hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.
He has five convictions for 19 previous offences.
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Mitigating, Ms Joy Merriam said her client had found the concept of coercive control quite difficult to understand.
She said he had come from a troubled background but was open to having rehabilitation.
“He’s a very young man and he needs to learn how to have a relationship with women without causing them harm,” she said.
“His pattern of behaviour needs arresting now to prevent him from becoming a risk to women in the future.”
Ms Merriam said Hirst had served the equivalent of an eight-month prison sentence already while waiting for his sentencing.
Judge David Dixon gave Hirst a two-year community order and banned him from contacting his victim for ten years.
He said: “It’s worrying that somebody of 19 is already facing this sort of offence.
“You need to understand that there are ways of dealing with people, particularly girls, and until you do, you pose a potential risk.
“The one thing you must learn is that your relationship with this complainant here is over.”