'Mini crime wave' man is jailed after threat to snatch woman's son
A SERIAL criminal branded a "mini crime wave" has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after committing a chilling catalogue of offences.
He was "violent and abusive" when he repeatedly harassed his ex-girlfriend during a frightening campaign against her, a court heard.
Benjamin Wortley, 21, of Gilbey Road, Grimsby, admitted assaulting Katie Hughes and damaging her window on October 29, as well as breaching a non-molestation order on October 1, 16 and 29.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Wortley had been in and out of prison and Miss Hughes ended their relationship.
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A non-molestation order was made at Grimsby County Court on August 14, but Wortley telephoned her and threatened to snatch their son, who was 18 months old at the time.
He later threw half a brick through a window at her Cleethorpes home, hitting her on the head and causing injuries.
Wortley also admitted a string of other offences, including burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and driving while banned on October 9, stealing a scooter and driving while banned on October 16, and driving while banned on October 17.
He had convictions for 49 previous offences.
Richard Butters, mitigating, said Wortley was a "mini crime wave" during October and had a "terrible" record of previous convictions.
He had been a heavy drinker since the age of 13 and also used diazepam.
He and another person drank a bottle of vodka before the burglary in Brereton Avenue, Cleethorpes, in which car keys were taken.
He drove off in the car they belonged to and later hit two parked cars, causing a tree to fall on one of them, the court heard.
Judge Graham Robinson told Wortley he had been "violent and abusive" towards his ex-girlfriend and the threat to snatch her son would have been "terrifying words to her".
Wortley was also banned from driving for four years.