Scunthorpe teenager threatened to 'bite off' his girlfriend's face and tried to strangle her, court told
A VIOLENT teenager bit his girlfriend on the cheek, threatened to "bite her face off" and tried to strangle her during a confrontation, a court heard.
He also grabbed, punched or tried to throttle her during two earlier attacks, the court was told.
Connor Emeny, 19, of Peacock Street, Scunthorpe, admitted assaulting the woman, causing actual bodily harm and assaulting her.
Phillip Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Emeny and the teenager had a turbulent relationship and she claimed that he could "just start being horrible".
During the first assault, Emeny pushed her with both hands, grabbed her by the throat, pushed her away and grabbed her around the waist.
The next day, he punched her on the back and picked up a knife in the kitchen but denied threatening her with it, said Mr Evans. He said Emeny told her: "What's the point in you having a life? You're useless. Nobody wants you."
Mr Evans said she later discovered that Emeny had been unfaithful to her with her best friend and she went to confront him about it, saying she was "going to smash him up" and kill the other girl for what she had done.
She found Emeny in a Scunthorpe pub and "kicked off at him" before grabbing him by his T-shirt and dragging him on to a sofa, said Mr Evans.
He told the court she pushed him and the defendant lost his balance and slipped over. Emeny retaliated, grabbed her by the throat and squeezed her windpipe several times, Mr Evans said.
They left but the dispute reignited and Emeny grabbed her by her face, said Mr Evans.
Emeny hurled abuse at her, put his thumbs inside her mouth and pulled at it until it bled.
He told her he would "bite her face off" and sank his teeth into her cheek, added Mr Evans.
Pamela Coxon, mitigating, said Emeny was "eaten up" with anger at the behaviour and there had been problems early on in the relationship.
"This relationship is poisonous," said Mrs Coxon.
She said the girlfriend had sought Emeny out before the most serious of the assaults.
Emeny had been in custody for 92 days and was very immature, she added.
Recorder Andrew Haslam told Emeny: "These are a series of cowardly attacks by you on a vulnerable victim. They represent a short but significant campaign of violence against her."
Emeny was given 240 hours' unpaid work and an 18-month supervision order.