4:10pm Tuesday 13th September 2011
A TWISTED spurned lover from Quinton has been jailed after tying up his teenage ex-girl friend, beating her and cutting off her beloved shoulder length hair. Theo McKenzie, who was jailed for three and a half years, inveigled his way into the vulnerable teenager's Black Country home and then subjected her to a terrifying two day ordeal.
The 25 year old demanded to know if there was another man in her life when, said Judge Martin Walsh, it was clear she must have been in "fear and distress."
In the end the 18-year-old girl suffered a panic attack and she was having breathing difficulties, Mr Shane Crawford prosecuting told Wolverhampton Crown Court.
He said McKenzie became concerned about her welfare and he took her to hospital where she was able to make a call for assistance and he was arrested by police officers.
The couple had an "up and down relationship,"said Mr Jas Mann defending, and McKenzie was extremely jealous. "He plainly reacted in a way he cannot justify and he lost the plot."
Mr Mann said McKenzie was asking her about contact she had with with other men and it was when she had the panic attack that he loosened the binding he put round her hands and feet.
"She felt unwell and he had the good sense to take her to hospital after reason set it," he went on. "He accepts he totally lost it and that he was ranting and raving."
Mr Mann who told the court McKenzie had smoked a considerable amount of cannabis before the incident concluded, "All reason went out of the window.
"He knows he behaved very badly and he is very sorry for what he did. His remorse is genuine."
McKenzie of Rilstone Road admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and false imprisonment and they were serious offences, ruled the Judge, because they took place in her own home.
Mr Crawford said that after getting into the victim's Walsall home he refused to leave and it was then he began quizzing her about whether she had a new boyfriend.
He was shouting and he struck her in the back so she fell to her knees, said Mr Crawford. He then tied her up and punched her to the jaw as she pleaded with him to let her go.
McKenzie also punched her in the stomach as he checked her telephone to see if she had received any calls from another man.
He then began cutting off her shoulder length hair and he turned up music inside the property so her cries would not be heard, added Mr Crawford.
A bag of hair, he concluded, was later recovered from the house by investigating police officers.
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