A battered mum told a court that she fears any knock at the door because of an ex-boyfriend who was jailed yesterday and banned from ever contacting her again.
Raging Ryan Johnson, 20, admitted a series of assaults on the young Hartlepool woman during their one year relationship.
He had also punched his sister in the face leaving a serious injury that needed hospital treatment.
Prosecutor Sam Faulks told Teesside Crown Court that Johnson had also breached a restraining order which his ex was granted by a county court judge.
In March last year he punched her in the right eye in the bedroom at her home, when her little boy from an earlier relationship was in the living room.
In February this year he hit her again at his mother’s house.
He kicked a door open breaking the lock and he kneed her in the face leaving blood on the wall.
She went to hospital saying that she had fallen from a ladder.
In March this year he assaulted her when she was in the bath.
He pulled her hair and he repeatedly punched her in the stomach five or six times.
He threw a mobile phone at her which missed, and he apologised. She went to the police.
In a Victim Impact statement she said that he scared her.
Mr Faulks said: “She did not dare answer the door in case it was him.
“She said ‘If I walk anywhere I ask the family to meet me.
“I want him to leave my boy and I alone.
“I don’t want anything else to do with him.”
Two days after she was granted a non-molestation order Johnson texted her sister saying ‘tell your sister that she is a grass’.
Paul Abrahams, defending, said that Johnson, who appeared over a videolink from Durham Prison, accepted that he was immature with problems of anger management.
He said that Johnson hoped to take prison courses in building so that he could move down south on his release.
Judge Stephen Ashurst told him: “There is, I am afraid, no alternative but to send you to custody for a period of time, and that has to be because people like you who abuse their partner put them in fear and they are afraid of even answering the door.”
Johnson, of Harold Square, Hartlepool, was jailed for 21 months and given an indefinite restraining order after he pleaded guilty to two actual bodily harm assaults and a common assault and breaching the previous order.