ANDREW Hoxby threatened on social media to “get” his former partner’s new boyfriend.
He attacked him as he arrived home in his car – and then tweeted “got him”.
Hoxby, 20, admitted assaulting Adam Roscoe, assaulting his ex, Lauren Lefley, who went to her partner’s aid, and breaching a restraining order not to approach her. He was jailed for nine months at Mold Crown Court.
Judge Niclas Parry told Hoxby that last August he had been given the chance of a community order for assaulting his partner. A restraining order had also been imposed.
But Hoxby had made many references on social media about what he intended to do and found out where Miss Lefley had moved to. He then travelled to that address and attacked Mr Roscoe.
Hoxby, of Bebington Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, entered his car and launched a sustained attack. The victim was punched in the face and Hoxby tried to bite him.
Miss Lefley tried to protect him but she was assaulted as well. Throughout the ordeal there was a distressed child in the back of the car.
“Just to confirm what you intended to do, you then tweeted ‘got him’,” Judge Parry said.
Hoxby, he said, had shown a blatant disregard for a court order to stay away from Miss Lefley.
The court heard the couple had been in a five year relationship but split up last April.
Despite the restraining order not to approach her or go to her Connah’s Quay home, he contacted her in September saying he wanted contact with his child.
He was told he should not contact Miss Lefley and that evening she and her new partner went out but as they returned to his address, Hoxby approached, opened the car door and attacked Mr Roscoe.
“He jumped into the car throwing punches and also tried to bite him to the nose,” said Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting.
Miss Lefley tried to protect her partner, who had been pushed into her lap, but he continued to hit him and struck her to the arms as well.
Mr Roscoe managed to push him out of the car but was punched in the face once more.
Hoxby then went to the other side and tried to pull Miss Lefley out of the vehicle, as she kicked out at him. She was able to drive off as he hit out at the vehicle.
Mr Roscoe ended up with bruising and swelling to the eye and face and Miss Lefley was also injured.
The hand brake was bent out of shape after the incident.
Myles Wilson, defending, said his client had reacted in an immature and foolish way to the ending of his first serious relationship. He and his family had since paid for an anger management course.
Hoxby planned to leave the Deeside area completely and had the prospect of a job as a rigger on the North Sea oil rigs.
He suggested supervision and said intervention from the probation service could mean the story could have a happy ending.
Hoxby, said Mr Wilson, was now going through the proper channels to ensure access to his child.