Abusive thug tore off girlfriend’s clothes and left her naked in town centre

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An abusive man ripped his girlfriend’s clothes off and left her naked in a town centre during a sickening campaign of abuse.

Eden Sylvester humiliated the victim when she was unable to get £2,000 from loved ones to give to him.

He assaulted the woman, threatened to kill her, took money off her, took her phone off her and made her take pregnancy tests during a relationship that lasted around seven months.

The 24-year-old plasterer and aspiring musician was jailed for two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, five counts of assault by beating, three counts of making a threat to kill and perverting the course of justice.

Sentencing, Judge Robin Mairs told Sylvester: “You viewed her as your own chattel to use and abuse and demand money from.”

Leeds Crown Court heard the couple began a relationship in late 2019 and they both described it as turning toxic by the spring of 2020.

Prosecutor Mehran Nassiri said the pair went to a party around that time and the woman wanted to leave but Sylvester told her to stay.

Mr Nassiri said the defendant grabbed the victim and swung her into a cabinet before others intervened.

The victim went to a bedroom upstairs and Sylvester pushed her to the floor, telling her not to be so ‘stupid’ as to go into another man’s bedroom.

He then strangled her for 10-15 seconds and pulled her about by her hair.

The court was told she was terrified but stayed with him that night.

The next morning, he made her phone her friend, uncle and mum to ask them for £2,000.

As she was on the phone to her mum, he told her to cry as she did not ‘sound upset enough’.

When her mum agreed to give her £100, he hung up the phone and took the phone off her, saying he did not trust her.

Sylvester told her he would drop her into the town centre naked instead of dropping her home or to the train station, adding: “Dare you to snitch on me.”

He ripped her clothes and underwear off, drove into the town centre and pushed her ‘absolutely naked’ out of the car.

The victim ran into a nearby restaurant where she was given a towel and a jacket to cover herself up.

Sylvester parked outside the restaurant, saying he wanted to give her her clothes back but drove off before police arrived.

In his police interview, he denied assaulting the victim. He was released on conditional police bail until his court hearing on June 9, 2020.

But in March 2020 the defendant started calling and texting the victim, they met up and he apologised.

But the prosecutor said Sylvester became controlling again by taking her phone off her, making her take pregnancy tests and taking money off her.

The next month, the defendant called the victim on FaceTime while showing her a kitchen knife and told her to go to his house or he would write a note saying she had killed him then take his own life.

She then started regularly staying at the defendant’s house on Alandale Road in the Bradley area of Huddersfield.

On one occasion, he grabbed her by the throat and said: “I don’t give a f*** – you can’t touch me anymore.”

When she tried to get a taxi home, he dragged her inside by the arm.

On another occasion, he demanded she came out of her house, threatened to kill her, punched her in the stomach and said: “You better not be pregnant.”

Two days before his first court date, he slammed her against a wall and said: “You won’t have a peaceful life if I go to prison.”

Six days after the hearing was adjourned, the couple were together when a police officer called the victim.

Sylvester put his arm around the victim’s neck and put the phone on loudspeaker. He then put his hands around her neck on the sofa, his finger in her left eye and put a duvet over her face so she struggled to breathe. She hit him and the phone fell on the floor.

In his police interview that day, he said the relationship was toxic, denied controlling her and threatening to kill either of them and said she had assaulted him.

Sylvester has no previous convictions.

The court was told he continued to show contempt for the victim and denigrated her when he was interviewed by a probation officer for a pre-sentence report. When asked how the victim might have felt about being left naked in public, he shrugged his shoulders and said: “She was a stripper when we met.”

He also said: “She was married and divorced before she was 23. What does that tell you?”

Mark McKone, mitigating, said his client now accepts the relationship is over.

The barrister said Sylvester feels he has let down his mother, who is in poor health, and wants to be her permanent carer.

The defendant was also made subject to indefinite restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim directly or indirectly and going within 50 metres of her.