A cruel and “sadistic” bully taunted his girlfriend by making her wear a dog collar around her neck and strangling her with it.
Jealous and aggressive Toby Megson tightened the collar and told her “this is where you belong, on a leash, because you’re a dog” as she twice struggled to breathe, live hull reports.
The guy also made ‘blood curdling threats’ to her about pouring boiling water or bleach on her and chopping down her uncle’s memorial tree, Hull Crown Court heard.
Megson, 26, of Raglan Street, Hull, admitted to being stalked, breaching a non-molestation order and causing criminal damage between October 22 and October 26.
Dale Brook, prosecuting, said Megson had been in a relationship with Hull’s 19-year-old wife for about eight months, but part of it was “very unstable”.
She believed he had smoked Spice, and on October 22 they began to argue. He spat in her hair and face and they continued to argue before reconciling.
Two days later, the woman was staying at his house, and when they woke up together, he told her that she was making him sick and that she was disgusting. He told her to get out and he took her cell phone.
Megson later returned it but got jealous and accused her of seeing other men and he called her a “slag” and a “bitch”. He lay on top of her and bit her on the neck and tried to make a joke out of it, but later told her he loved her so much.
On October 25, Megson grabbed the woman by the throat and began squeezing for about 10 seconds until she couldn’t breathe, leaving her crying on the bed. She asked for some of her drink but he refused to give it to her and poured it on the floor.
The woman locked him out of the premises but he kicked the door open, damaging the lock.
“The defendant made a series of threats to her, including pouring boiling water on her, pouring bleach on her and cutting down her uncle’s memorial tree,” Mr Brook said. .
“He made sadistic threats to humiliate and scare her. He put a dog collar around her neck, which made her struggle to breathe again. Megson told her, ‘It’s where you belong, on a leash because you’re a dog “.”
On October 26, he went to the woman’s apartment and again put the dog collar around her neck, restricting her breathing.
“She yelled at him to leave and threw the dog’s collar at him,” Mr Brook said. “He called her ‘slag’ and left.”
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The victim said in a statement: “He has completely turned my life upside down. Megson seems to have a hold on me.” She said Megson seemed to be able to be “really nice to me”, but then became “awful and threatening” again.
Megson had been convicted of five prior offences, including two for possession of a knife and another for possession of cocaine.
Mitigating Nigel Clive said Megson had shown some remorse and now had an understanding of the effect of her behavior on the victim.
Judge Mark Bury told Megson: “You were unpredictable. One minute you were nice, the next minute you weren’t. You accused her of seeing other men. You squeezed her neck until she couldn’t breathe. You left her crying on the bed.
“You just don’t know how to behave. I don’t think you have any remorse at all. There’s not one shred of it in the PSR. Again, you put a dog collar around his neck. It’s scary in the extreme that you could even think of doing this stuff to anyone, let alone someone you’re supposed to love.”
Megson was jailed for 18 months and given a five-year injunction.
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control, you can call the Domestic Violence Refuge’s national 24-hour helpline free of charge. The number is 0808 2000 247.