Thug who led 'campaign of violence' is a danger to women, says judge

Thug who led 'campaign of violence' is a danger to women, says judge

By David Parker | 22/02/2021

Thug who led 'campaign of violence' is a danger to women, says judge
Ben Dearden


A DANGEROUS man who repeatedly attacked his ex-girlfriend and told her he would do time for murder because of her has been jailed.

Ben Dearden (43) held scissors to his terrified ex-girlfriend’s throat during one attack — leaving her scared for her life, Sheffield Crown Court heard on Friday (19).

Ms Camille Morland, prosecuting, said Dearden had been in an on-off relationship with his ex-girlfriend for about two years.

Dearden had been at his ex-girlfriend’s flat in Rawmarsh in early October 2019 and angrily accused her of seeing other men.

He headbutted her twice to the top of the head, put his hands around her neck and she fell to the floor, Ms Morland said.

Dearden did this about eight or nine times but his ex-girlfriend could not phone the police because he had taken her phone.

His victim later left and went to stay with her mum to try and distance herself from him, Ms Morland said.

A few weeks later, Dearden invited his ex-girlfriend back home and attacked her again.

He dug his fingers into her eyes, kicked her in the head and headbutted her during the attack.

Police arrested Dearden and he told officers that his ex-girlfriend had only complained to the police because she had been trying to ruin his life.

Dearden was released on bail but at the end of November he attacked her at her flat.

“He started to become angry, calling her names and accusing her of sleeping with other men,” she said.

Dearden slapped her, held scissors against her throat and punched and kicked her repeatedly.

He whipped her with a phone charger and told her: ‘I’m going to end up doing time for murder because of you’.

His victim said in a statement which was read in court that she was in constant fear of him and she thought he was going to kill her.

Dearden, of HMP Doncaster, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and two counts of common assault at a trial at Sheffield Crown Court on the day the victim was due to give evidence.

He has 36 convictions for 119 previous offences including assaults, drugs and motoring offences.

Mitigating, Mr Tim Savage said his client had led a chaotic life at the time of the relationship during which both he and his girlfriend had used drugs.

He said he had been having a tough time in prison because four members of his family had died, including both of his parents.

Recorder Paul Reid jailed Dearden for three years and four months and banned him from contacting or visiting his ex-partner indefinitely.

He said: “Whether it is as a result of drugs or not, it is undoubtedly the case that for many years you have been a man who is a danger to anyone who crosses your path — in particular any female who is unfortunate enough to enter any sort of relationship with you.

“These offences are extremely serious — this was a campaign of violence against this woman.”


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