Thug who put a dog collar around girlfriend's neck is jailed

‘Sadistic’ thug, 26, who put a dog collar around his 19-year-old girlfriend’s neck and told her she ‘belonged on a leash’ while throttling her is jailed for 18 months

  • Toby Megson, 26, from Hull, choked girlfriend, 19, using a dog collar, court heard
  • He said ‘that’s where you belong, on a leash, because you’re a dog’, jurors heard
  • He tightened the collar and she struggled to breathe, Hull Crown Court was told
  • The thug also threatened to pour boiling water or bleach on her, the court heard
  • Megson was jailed for 18 months and was given a five-year restraining order

Toby Megson, 26, from Hull, choked the 19-year-old with it and told her ‘that’s where you belong, on a leash, because you’re a dog’, Hull Crown Court was told

A ‘sadistic’ bully taunted his girlfriend by making her wear a dog collar around her neck twice, a court has heard.

Toby Megson, 26, from Hull, choked the 19-year-old with it and told her ‘that’s where you belong, on a leash, because you’re a dog’, Hull Crown Court was told.

He tightened the collar and she struggled to breathe during the two frightening incidents in their ‘toxic’ relationship, jurors heard.

The thug also made ‘blood-curdling threats’ about pouring boiling water or bleach over her and cutting down her uncle’s memorial tree, the court was told.

Megson, who had five previous convictions, admitted harassment, breaching a non-molestation order and causing criminal damage between October 22 and 26. He was jailed for 18 months and slapped with a five-year restraining order.

Dale Brook, prosecuting, said Megson was in a relationship with the 19-year-old Hull woman for about eight months but it turned ‘very volatile’.

She believed he had been smoking spice – a mix of herbs and chemicals – and on October 22 argued before he spat in her hair and face and later they made up.

Two days later, they woke up together and he told her she made him feel sick and she was disgusting, the court heard.

He told her to get out and took her phone, jurors were told. He later returned it but accused her of seeing other men and called her a ‘sl*g’ and a ‘sl*t’, the court heard.

He tightened the collar and she struggled to breathe during the two frightening incidents in their ‘toxic’ relationship, jurors heard

He lay on top of her, bit her on the neck and tried to make a joke out of it but later told her he loved her, the judge heard.

On October 25, Megson grabbed the woman by the throat and started to squeeze for about 10 seconds until she could not breathe, the court heard.

Jurors were told how he left her crying on the bed and when she asked for some of his drink he refused and poured it on to the floor.

The woman locked him out of the house but he kicked the door open by damaging the lock, the court heard.

Mr Brook said: ‘The defendant made a series of threats to her, including pouring boiling water over her, pouring bleach over her and cutting down her uncle’s memorial tree. He made sadistic threats to humiliate her and cause her fear.

‘He put a dog collar around her neck, causing her to struggle to breathe again. Megson told her ”that’s where you belong, on a leash because you’re a dog”.’

‘On October 26, he went to the woman’s flat and again put the dog collar around her neck, restricting her breathing.

‘She shouted for him to leave and threw the dog collar at him. He called her a ”sl*g” and left.’

The thug also made ‘blood-curdling threats’ about pouring boiling water or bleach over her and cutting down her uncle’s memorial tree, the court (pictured) was told

The victim said in a statement: ‘He has completely turned my life upside down. Megson seems to have a hold over me.’

She said he seemed to be able to be ‘really nice to me’ but then turned back to being ‘horrible and threatening’.

The thug had convictions for five previous offences, including two of possessing a knife and another of possessing cocaine. 

Nigel Clive, mitigating, said Megson showed a degree of remorse and understood the effect of his behaviour on the victim, adding it was a ‘toxic’ relationship.

The defendant had spiralled into drunken drug use that was ‘leading him vastly in the wrong direction’.

But he apologised for his actions and understood that his behaviour was unacceptable.

Mr Clive said: ‘He wishes to receive all the assistance that he can. He can see a pattern developing. He just wants to get a job and settle down.’

Judge Mark Bury said: ‘You were unpredictable. One moment, you were being nice, the next minute, you were not.

‘You accused her of seeing other men. You squeezed her neck until she couldn’t breathe. You left her crying on the bed.’

Megson made ‘blood-curdling threats’ to her which ‘would make anybody freeze’ including throwing boiling water and bleach over her and threatening to cut down her uncle’s memorial tree.

Judge Bury added: ‘If all that wasn’t bad enough, you put a dog collar around her neck. You just don’t know how to behave. I don’t think you’re remorseful at all.

‘There isn’t a shred of it in the pre-sentence report. Again you put a dog collar around her neck.

‘It’s frightening in the extreme that you could even think of doing these sorts of things to anybody, let alone somebody you are supposed to be loving.’

Megson was jailed for 18 months and was given a five-year restraining order.

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