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TEENAGE THUG CHOKED PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND.

Byline: Sam Dimmer

A TEENAGER who put his pregnant girlfriend in a headlock before dragging her down the stairs told a court he did it "for her own good".

Nathan Hawkins, 18, launched a trio of disgusting attacks against his 18-year-old victim, on one occasion threatening to "smash her head in good and proper".

Hawkins, of Windmill Road, Longford, appeared in Coventry Crown Court where he was sentenced to 34 months in a young offenders institute after earlier pleading guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of common assault.

The court heard Hawkins had started seeing the girl in March but by the time of Hawkins' first assault, on April 27, he had moved back in with a former girlfriend.

On that day Hawkins approached the victim in Pool Meadow bus station and started hurling abuse, before spitting into her mouth. Despite the attack, the couple got back together and in June found out that they were expecting a child.

But that didn't stop Hawkins violence from escalating.

A few weeks after finding out she was pregnant she went, accompanied by her two year old daughter, to see a friend. But within half an hour Hawkins had kicked the door in and was hurling abuse at the pair. He grabbed his partner and dragged her through the front door, cutting her on the frame in the process.

Hawkins then got her in a choke hold until her head turned purple. The court heard the girl thought that she was going to die.

Hawkins said he believed his partner's friend was involved in drugs and that he was helping her by dragging her out.

The third attack happened on July 17 when the pair were walking to one of the girl's friend's houses to help her move.

During the walk they argued and Hawkins told her "just wait, I'm going to smash your head in good and proper".

Terrified, the girl ran off and hid but Hawkins eventually found her and hit her over the head. She collapsed over her daughter's pushchair. He then kicked her.

Defending, Adem Muzaffer told the court Hawkins had witnessed domestic abuse as a child.

"He is still a very young man. All hope needn't be lost.

"He has instructed me to express his remorse for his actions," he said.

Sentencing Hawkins, Judge Peter Ross said: "You cannot behave or use your background as an excuse for criminal behaviour.

"You are not going to play any real part in your child's life. You have brought that upon yourself."

A restraining order of indefinite length was also issued to protect Hawkins' partner.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 27, 2010
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