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A sleazy thug saw red and left his girlfriend 'gasping for air' after sticking two fingers down her throat when she unearthed his secret Snapchat account.
Derius Campbell, 22, began strangling his partner who he also threatened with a knife, in response to her calling out his seedy messages to other women.
At Manchester Crown Court, Campbell was jailed for over two years having pleaded guilty to intentional strangulation, threatening a person with a blade and a breach of a suspended sentence.
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The 20-year-old victim was set upon last September after ordering Campbell to leave her mum's house where he'd left his phone behind while popping out for baby milk.
Duncan Wilcock, prosecuting, told the court: “She said she looked at his phone and found there was another Snapchat account and when she looked at it she discovered it was full of messages from other females.”
An argument ensued, during which he asked her to call him a taxi but she refused. He then said to her: “You’ve got five seconds to ring a taxi, if you have not done it by then watch what happens.”
She didn’t call a taxi, the prosecutor said, and Campbell grabbed her by the hair before picking up a butter knife and threatening to damage her phone. He then pointed the knife towards her which left her ‘scared’.
He then ordered her to ring a taxi or he would ‘raise his voice’. The couple went to his foster mother’s house where he took her phone from her before returning back to her mum’s house.
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Whilst there she received a message from a woman who said she had met Campbell during the last couple of days. They began to row, during which he struck her to the head.
“He then grabbed her by the throat, making it difficult to breathe and she was gasping for air,” Mr Wilcock continued.
“He then put two fingers down her throat.”
She managed to escape his grip momentarily, before he grabbed her by the throat again. There was a baby in the room at the time, the court heard.
Campbell later apologised after she told him to leave. She suffered a cut to her lip and damage to her throat.
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He was said to have previous convictions, including for an offence of battery against the same woman, and had previously been found guilty at Exeter Crown Court of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs for which he was handed 18 months imprisonment which was suspended for 21 months.
Graham Rishton, mitigating, said the incident was ‘clearly troubling and alarming’ and that his client was on the ‘precipice of custody’.
He said Campbell accepted full responsibility and accepted it was ‘entirely on him’.
“The defendant had a difficult start in life, he was in care from the age of five,” Mr Rishton said.
“He is a young man who is trying his best.”
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