Police release picture of South Yorkshire thug who pushed a hot pizza into his ex-partner's face

A thug has been jailed after he pushed a hot pizza into his ex-partner’s face during a series of horrific attacks.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 1:58 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 9:28 am

Sheffield Crown Court heard on March 23 how Darren Willey, aged 42, of Lathe Road, Whiston, Rotherham, admitted using controlling and coercive behaviour against his former partner during their relationship.

Martin Robertshaw, prosecuting, said during a series of incidents Willey poured lager over his ex-partner, started to block her male friends on social media, and in an argument before Christmas 2019 he threw hair gel over her followed by the contents of an ashtray and told her she had been tarred-and-feathered.

Mr Robertshaw said: “In an argument before Christmas, 2019, when the defendant threw a tub of hair gel over her followed by the contents of an ashtray he told her she had been tarred and feathered.”

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Pictured is Darren Willey, aged 42, of Lathe Road, Rotherham, who has been sentenced to two-years of custody after he admitted controlling and coercive behaviour against a former partner and assaulting a friend of his ex-partner's.

Willey also pushed a hot pizza into the complainant’s face during another episode, according to Mr Robertshaw, and he also interfered with his ex-partner’s work as she was working from home for a call centre.

Mr Robertshaw said: “He pushed a hot pizza straight out of the oven into her face causing a burn to her eye.”

Mr Robertshaw said that after the complainant’s niece had stood up for her Willey kicked the complainant and defecated on her doorstep and despite briefly separating the situation did not improve after they got back together.

Willey punched the complainant during a trip back from London, according to Mr Robertshaw, and despite another brief separation they got back together again and the problems continued with the defendant throwing a glass at her, leaving her stranded in London and kicking and punching her.

The defendant, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to using controlling and coercive behaviour between November, 2019, and November, 2020, and also admitted one count of assault by beating after he had pushed the complainant’s friend onto a sofa.

Richard Barradell, defending, said Willey has referred himself to a support group due to issues with alcoholism and he is truly sorry and remorseful for what he did.

Recorder David Kelly sentenced Willey to two years of custody and imposed a five-year restraining order.

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