A MAN with a “dominating attitude” beat and strangled his girlfriend in a spree of violent assaults in her own home.

Darrell Genner, took his partner’s phone to stop her from calling the police and followed her to hospital when she sought treatment for her injuries.

Genner, 29, had been in a relationship with the woman since November 2022, and was described as being “unhealthy in his behaviour” towards her.

Prosecuting, Tom Wright described how the defendant had become violent to her following an argument on August 11 of last year.

He “punched her a number of times”, and “threw her against a wall”, before assaulting her mother when she tried to intervene.

The defendant, of Bournemouth, then told the pair he’d only leave if they gave him money.

The following day, Genner went to his partners home and climbed through the window when she wouldn’t let him in.

He began threatening her with a knife, and chased her into a bedroom where he slapped and strangled her.

When she tried to escape, Genner assaulted her and strangled her a second time, only stopping when he saw she was bleeding from the nose.

The court heard how the defendant then took his girlfriend’s phone to prevent her from seeking help.

On September 9, Genner turned up to a pub in Poole where his partner was drinking with her mother.

He became “threatening and abusive”, before punching her and “throwing her to the wall”.

She obtained injuries including a cut to her hand and went to hospital for treatment with her mother.

Mr Wright explained how Genner turned up at the hospital, and while there, assaulted his partner's mother.

The defendant admitted charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, intentional strangulation and threatening with a bladed article.

He appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday, March 25, for sentencing.

Mitigating, Francisca DaCosta noted her client was remorseful following the offences.

She said: “When I asked him if there was anything he wanted the court to know, he said he was truly sorry.

“I asked him about his behaviour, he said it was a blur.”

Ms DaCosta noted Genner was a skilled roofer who began drinking and taking cocaine to block out his feelings following the death of a lifelong friend.

The defendant had been drinking at the time of the incidents, the court heard.

Judge William Mousley KC addressed previous convictions which included offences of harassment in 2017, and a battery in 2021, and the assault of an emergency worker last year.

He also noted contents of a pre-sentence report which noted Genner as someone who had "poor and unhealthy relationships with partners" in the past. 

Genner was jailed for two years and three months. He was also handed a restraining order for both his partner and his mother, lasting for three years.