Teen thug wouldn’t stop attacking girlfriend because he was ‘enjoying it too much’

APPALLING: Rhys Parker
APPALLING: Rhys Parker

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy with an appalling record of violence has been caged for a vicious attack on his former girlfriend.

Rhys Parker stamped on the 18-year-old’s head and then bit her on the face and forehead during the shocking attack.

At one stage, sick Parker ignored her pleas for him to stop and chillingly told her he couldn’t because he “was enjoying it so much”.

Judge Howard Crowson, who sentenced Parker, took the rare move not to hide his identity and said women he could meet in the future should know what he has done.

Parker would not normally be named because of the protection given by the Children and Young Persons Act to offenders under 18.

Parker, from Hartlepool, had admitted a vicious attack on his 18-year-old girlfriend after she consulted a domestic violence unit at the end of their four-year relationship.

Prosecutor Liam O’Brien said she decided to go to his home on May 14 and she saw him leaning out of an upstairs window shouting abuse at her.

He called her an abusive name and she began to run away, but he went out into the street and he dragged her up to his bedroom, stamping on her head.

She was in pain and she begged him to stop, but he said he could not do that because he was enjoying it so much.

A neighbour approached the house and asked if she was all right, and if he had been hitting her.

Mr O’Brien added: “He said he had not, and he told her off for making so much noise. Then he bit her on the cheek leaving bite marks, and also on the forehead. Police saw them when they arrived.

“She explained to police what had happened and he was cautioned and arrested. He began to cry and he told the officer to tell her that he was sorry.”

Parker had 10 convictions for 11 offences, including robbery, violence and criminal damage.

Jim Withyman, defending, said Parker had been using strong cannabis which had an effect on his behaviour and attitude.

He said Parker had been the victim of an assault while remanded in custody before sentence and it made him realise how his girlfriend must have felt frightened and vulnerable when it happened to her.

Mr Withyman asked the judge to ban the press from identifying Parker, but the judge refused to make the order.

The judge said: “There may be another girlfriend in the future, and she should know.”

Parker, of Burn Road, Hartlepool, was given a 20-months detention and training order with a £30 surcharge after he pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm assault.