This man is a danger to all women who has left a string of victims terrified

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A judge has described a man who beat up his internet dates as a danger to all women.

Ryan Schofield, 26, had eight victims who he bullied and terrorised after meeting them online.

A judge heard that he had fits of ‘insane jealousy’ that left the women terrified for their safety.

In one incident he held a pillow over a woman’s face saying ‘Shh, I’ll do what I want’ as he penetrated her with a Lynx deodorant can.

Another woman was thrown to the floor, kicked and stamped, leaving her so traumatised she says she is ‘frightened to death’ whenever her son says ‘boo’ to her.

Schofield stormed out of the dock as the case against him was laid out at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester.

The case continued with details of a woman being threatened with a crowbar, headbutted and stripped of her clothing whilst another was punched in the stomach and grabbed until she almost fainted.

However, he returned to the court to hear that he would be jailed for five years and four months.

Judge John Potter told him: ‘When you are in a relationship with a women you exhibit violent and controlling behaviour over them.

‘This characteristic of you has been present for many, many years and has been well established in numerous previous relationships. It’s obvious that that your previous convictions significantly aggravate the offending I must sentence you for now – and that is because they are very similar.

‘Some of these latest offences illustrate once more that whilst in a violent and controlling relationship, you not only physically but sexually abused your victim. She makes it clear that she has suffered significantly as a consequence of this violent and sexually abusive behaviour towards her.

‘The other lady indicates she suffered significant physical harm and thereafter some level of psychological harm. I view you as presenting a danger to others with whom you share a relationship.’

The court heard that Schofield met up with one the latest victims in March 2015 after meeting her on Plenty of Fish and moved into her home, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire the following June.

But prosecutor Joe Boyd said he would become ‘insanely jealous’ and falsely accuse her of being unfaithful. Violence flared when the couple went for a drink and he became jealous again as they walked home from a pub.

Mr Boyd said: ‘They started arguing outside the house and when they got inside he pushed her onto the radiator, putting his face to hers and then head butted her to the left eye.

‘He dragged her into the bedroom and pushed her into a chest of drawers. She couldn’t move and an ambulance was called. They asked what happened and she said she had fallen and banged her head on a table.

‘They put her on a spinal board and took her to hospital. She discharged herself and the defendant said he couldn’t remember what had happened.’

Despite the row Schofield rekindled his romance with the woman but beat her up again in July – punching in the ribs during a row in which he repeatedly demanded to know whether she had been seeing other men.

She filed a complaint of assault against him the following August but met up with Schofield again in October at her mother’s house where they had sex.

Mr Boyd added: ‘There became a point where he ut a pillow over her face and she felt something was inserted inside her. She was trying to push his hand away and he said ‘shh I’ll do what I want’. She didn’t consent to the foreign body.’

The other victim, a mother of one, met Schofield over the internet in Christmas 2015 but she was assaulted on March 6 last year when she went to his house only for him to accuse her of seeing another man.

Mr Boyd added: ‘They had been texting and ringing each other and when she got there the defendant said they needed to talk and accused her of seeing someone else.

‘He jumped off the bed, dragged her by her coat and threw her to the wall. He accused her of joining a dating site and threw her on the bed. He then threw her to the floor and stamped on the middle of her back.

‘They made up the following morning but later the defendant came to her house and started to go on about ex-partners, he then threw her into kitchen units, hitting her on the ribs. As a result she attended Crumpsall hospital and had four cracked ribs and bruising to her arm.

In a statement the mother of one said: ‘I’m not in a good place at the moment. I was feeling very low last week and completely broke down, I’ve not been put on antidepressants. I feel I am turning into a recluse. As long as I’m at home with my son, I feel safe. I’m constantly looking over my shoulder. My son was jumping out at me and shouting ‘boo’ and this frightened me to death’.

Schofeld admitted sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and criminal damage.

His counsel Andrew Long said in mitigation: ‘There is a degree of remorse in this case. He acknowledges his failings, his responsibility, the fact he’s a repeat offender, the fact that he can’t stop himself and the fact that he might do it again if he doesn’t get the help he needs’.

Metro

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