Cruel thug hit a friend’s broken leg with a crutch and strangled her during an argument

A cruel thug hit his girlfriend on her broken leg with her crutch and strangled her during an argument.

Stefan Wallace had previously had an intimate relationship with the woman, but by last summer they had become just good friends. He had stayed at her home for about three months and helped her after she broke her leg.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that on July 28 they had an argument during which he pulled her off the sofa and grabbed her by the neck and squeezed until she thought he was going to crush her throat. The court heard that he then hit her injured leg with her crutch and pulled her back as she tried to walk away.

When she tried to call the police, he threw her phone against a wall, rendering the £600 device unusable. Sound engineer Nathan Moxon told Wallace: “She was terrified and feared for her life.”

“Her throat was sore and painful, she no longer felt safe at home and was afraid to leave the house. She suffered psychological damage.

“The victim was defenseless and you attacked her in her own home and attempted to stop her from reporting the crime by taking away her phone.”

The court heard that Wallace, 34, of no fixed address, had a difficult childhood and spent time in care and has a history of mental health problems.

The judge said: “You have remained drug and alcohol free while in prison, have worked in prison and have displayed a good attitude.” He added that while he reportedly posed a high risk to his partners, he had “voluntarily refrained from strangulation.”

Wallace, who spent six months in custody, was sentenced to 16 months’ probation, must complete a “mental training program” and is also subject to a five-year restraining order.

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