A Welwyn Garden City man was jailed for a year Friday 12th June for beating up his former girlfriend, who is more than twice his age.

The 20-year-old had told his 48-year-old former partner that he would kill her. He punched and slapped her in the face and squeezed her by the throat.

Neighbours heard her screams and called the police. The man fled the scene, but was arrested later, St Albans crown court heard.

Prosecutor Sarah Porter said the couple had been in a relationship for 2 years, but it had become violent.

In August last year a Restraining Order banning him from contacting her was made after he had sent her a letter threatening to kill her.

But Ms Porter said on one occasion the victim contacted him. Early on 22 May he texted her and said he wanted to see her. She agreed.

“When he arrived he was calm and happy but his mood changed and he accused her of cheating on him,” she said.

He then launched the attack.

The barman pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm on 22nd May this year. He also admitted two counts of breaching a restraining order. He had 12 previous offences from 8 convictions.

Andrew Kerry, defending, said: “Nothing can excuse what happened.” But he said the contact in breach of the restraining order was “not all one way traffic.”

Mr Kerry said he did not recall the details of what happened. He said that being remanded in custody had a “salutatory” effect on him.

Recorder David Foxton QC jailed him saying he had shown a “worrying pattern of behaviour.”