Wrexham teen admits assault on former girlfriend


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A TEENAGER who repeatedly beat his girlfriend was ordered to pay more than £300 in costs.

The 15-year-old, from the Wrexham area, admitted six counts of assault by beating and one of common assault at Wrexham Youth Court.

It was heard that he repeatedly assaulted his former girlfriend throughout late 2013.

Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said the first attack was in October last year. While at his girlfriend’s house the youth had placed his hand around her throat “quite hard” and held her for a few seconds.

Later the same month, the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pushed her and kicked her while she was on the ground.

He made threatening gestures at her with a knife, the court heard.

He had also punched her on the cheek and later placed his hand around her throat a second time and restrained her.

In November he punched her while the two were walking to school, which resulted in his girlfriend calling the police, Mr Jones said.

Justine McVitie, defending, said both the youth and his girlfriend had “moved on” and there was no question that they would contact one another.

He was ashamed and embarrassed by his behaviour, Mr McVitie said.

Lloyd Fitzhugh, chairman of the magistrates’ bench, said the youth was “obviously a bright chap”, who was due high grades in his GCSE exams.

The 15-year-old was made the subject of an 11-month referral order with the Youth Justice Service..

He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation, a £15 victim surcharge and £325 in costs – a combined total of £390.

Mr Fitzhugh added: “You're clearly a bright lad, but your order is going to be quite tough.

“You must make sure you attend each and every session.”

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