Mixed martial arts expert is jailed for assaulting girlfriend in Exmouth in rage over Facebook posts

PUBLISHED: 14:48 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 30 May 2017

Jailed: Jayson Mahlangu

Jailed: Jayson Mahlangu

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A mixed martial arts expert has been jailed for attacking his girlfriend in revenge for ‘disrespectful’ Facebook posts.

Jayson Mahlangu throttled, slapped, punched and headbutted his victim after demolishing the door of a bedroom where she had blockaded herself in, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Mahlangu was angry over Facebook posts and told the victim, ‘now you are going to pay for being disrespectful to me’.

He stopped her from calling the police and made her clear up the mess caused by his attack at the house in Exmouth.

The victim was left with a severely bruised face, black eye and broken nose.

Mahlangu, 24, of Queens Crescent, Exeter, admitted causing actual bodily harm, assault by battery, criminal damage, and personal possession of cannabis and cocaine.

He was jailed for a total of 15 months by Recorder Mr Martin Meeke, QC, and banned indefinitely from contacting the victim or entering Exmouth.

The judge told Mahlangu: “You assaulted the victim in a fashion which led to the injuries I have seen in the photographs and which necessitated she had an operation on her nose.”

Mr Herc Ashworth, prosecuting, said Mahlangu was staying at the victim’s home on the night of the attack in April. He said an argument developed in the early hours which led to the woman taking refuge in the bedroom and leaning against the door to try to stop him getting in.

Mr Ashworth said: “There had been Facebook messages which Mahlangu took exception to.

“He forced his way in and grabbed the victim by the throat. He squeezed it to the point where she says she could not breathe. He said, ‘you are not going to hit me or be disrespectful to me’.”

The court heard Mahlangu went on to punch, slap and headbutt her. He threatened to hit her with a bottle, but did not do so. Police found small amounts of drugs when they arrested him.

The victim made a statement saying she was too frightened to return home for three weeks and felt embarrassed going out because of her battered face.

She said: “There is no excuse for what he did. I just hope he gets the help he needs and that I can overcome this and become the person I once was.”

Mr Warren Robinson, defending, said Mahlangu was going through a difficult time in his life. He was no longer working, had suffered some family bereavements and was drinking too much.

Mr Robinson said: “He has shown real remorse. When I first saw him, he was inconsolable but accepted he had created the situation. He said it was his own fault and he deserved what he got. At the time his fitness had deteriorated. He was not looking after himself or his household. The wheels were falling off.”


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