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Baby-faced abuser: Balaclava-clad thug, 18, is one of Britain’s youngest domestic violence offenders who choked his girlfriend, covered her in dirty mop water and hurled fireworks at her

  • Bobby Hoyle, 18, of Bransholme, admitted putting his victim in fear of violence
  • Hoyle’s young girlfriend was subjected to prolonged abuse and jealous revenge
  • At one point, Hoyle told her ‘If I can’t have you, no one can’ and called her a s***
  • Hull Crown Court heard the terrified victim was left fearing that she would die

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An 18-year-old father who choked his girlfriend, covered her in dirty mop water and hurled fireworks at her at 17 is one of Britain’s youngest domestic violence offenders. 

Teenager Bobby Hoyle liked to pose beside cars and on motorbikes for social media pictures. 

But behind the swagger was a person who subjected his young girlfriend to sustained abuse.

In court this week baby-faced Hoyle’s violent behaviour against the young woman was revealed as a prolonged and ‘utterly degrading’ campaign of intimidation and jealous revenge. 

Teenager father Bobby Hoyle, 18, pictured, liked to pose for social media posts

Teenager father Bobby Hoyle, 18, pictured, liked to pose for social media posts

In one particularly horrific incident, the teenager strangled the girl. 

Hull Crown Court heard the terrified victim was left fearing that she would die. Hoyle also spat at her, hurled a bucket of dirty mop water at her and threw fireworks at her during the ‘terrible’ and ‘appalling’ catalogue of harassment.

At one stage he told her: ‘If I can’t have you, no one can’.

Hoyle, 18, of Goldcrest Close, Bransholme in Kingston upon Hull, admitted putting the woman in fear of violence by harassment between August 22 and September 26. At the time he was just 17.

Charlotte Baines, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court earlier this week, said that Hoyle and his ex-girlfriend had been in a relationship for about five months at the time and met through a friend. 

Hoyle, then 17, strangled his young girlfriend and subjected her to various other acts of violence

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 behaviour deteriorated and she did not want to be with him anymore. 

He strangled her using both hands during one incident that lasted 20 seconds. She could not breathe and almost blacked out. Meanwhile, he told her that she should kiss him.

During another incident, moreover, the ex-girlfriend asked him to leave her home but he tried to set her bag on fire. 

She attempted to push him out of the house but he punched her in the face, causing her to have a swollen eye. 

The relationship between the young couple was good until August when Hoyle's behaviour deteriorated and she did not want to be with him anymore

The relationship between the young couple was good until August when Hoyle’s behaviour deteriorated and she did not want to be with him anymore

In a later confrontation, Hoyle took the girl’s phone off her before hitting it on a hard surface, taking it outside and stamping on it. ‘He wouldn’t let her have it back,’ said Ms Baines.

Hoyle turned up later that day at her house in Bransholme and the phone had been fixed. He grabbed hold of his ex-girlfriend by both arms and poured a bottle of vodka down the drain. She told him that he could keep the phone.

He then followed her while she was outside and kept riding his bicycle into the back of her legs and told her that she was a ‘s***’. 

In another incident at his home, she told him that she was going home but he grabbed her clothes and threw them on the floor.

She promptly 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 also dragged her down the street away from the house as she shouted for help from his father. ‘She again screamed for help,’ said Ms Baines.

Hoyle kicked his ex-girlfriend in the back of her head four times before she ran to a nearby house for safety. He told the woman living there: ‘Just get her out. I want to talk to her’ and aggressively banged on the window.

On another occasion, Hoyle spat at his ex-girlfriend, grabbed her and pulled her about. ‘He tried to bang her body against a car door and punched her,’ said Ms Baines. ‘He took her phone from her.’

Hoyle pulled out a fire cracker, lit it and tried to throw it through the window of a car while she was inside. ‘Fortunately, it landed on the street and exploded there,’ said Ms Baines.

‘She screamed at her friend to drive away,’ said Ms Baines. ‘He put his head through the open window. They did manage to get away.’

Hoyle later tried to climb up a drainpipe at his ex-girlfriend’s home at 10:40pm while she was in the bath. 

‘He tried to open an upstairs window without success,’ said Ms Baines. ‘He climbed down and pulled at her dining room window. 

‘The alarm went off. She was unable to ring the police because the defendant still had her telephone. 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 threw it at her, covering her and making the floor slippy. 

He took hold of her by her neck and threw her onto the sofa, telling her: ‘If I can’t have you, no one can.’

The girl carried on struggling with him for 30 seconds before he would let go. He tried to prevent her leaving but she was able to do so. 

Hoyle then followed her and began to hit her before dragging her into the house and throwing her phone over a garden fence, cracking the screen.

On another occasion, Hoyle entered her home, ran up to her, pinned her to the sofa, pushed her back down and grabbed her throat. He was arrested on September 27.

Hoyle had convictions for seven previous offences, including affray and wounding.

Nigel Clive, mitigating, said that Hoyle was 17 when the offending began but it continued after he turned 18. ‘He has not engaged in any victim blaming at all,’ said Mr Clive.

Hoyle wanted to apologise for what he had done. The worst feature of the incident was the strangulation. ‘These are terrible matters,’ said Mr Clive.

Hoyle had been in custody for three-and-a-half months on remand. ‘He has had the opportunity to reflect on his life choices and the direction he is heading,’ said Mr Clive. ‘He intends to get a job when he is released. He has already looked into that.’

The ex-girlfriend had come to court to support him, did not want a restraining order and the relationship was likely to resume, the court heard. Hoyle had a one-year-old son from a different relationship.

Meanwhile, judge Kate Rayfield said that strangling was a ‘horrific form of violence’ to use. ‘The person does not know in those few seconds whether they will live or die,’ said Judge Rayfield.

The violence occurred when the ex-girlfriend was not doing what he wanted her to do. When she said that she did not want to be in a relationship with Hoyle, he could not accept that and some of his behaviour towards her was ‘utterly degrading’ including spitting at her and throwing the mop bucket with dirty water in it.

As he behaved in such an ‘appalling’ manner, the girl did not want to be with Hoyle anymore. ‘It was committed over a prolonged period,’ said Judge Rayfield.

Hoyle received a two-year suspended custodial sentence and 80 hours’ unpaid work. He was also ordered to attend 31 days of a Building Better Relationships programme and 10 days’ rehabilitation.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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