A JEALOUS and controlling boyfriend who twice assaulted his teenage girlfriend has been jailed for 23 weeks.
Kyle Klinton Tattershall, 22, grabbed 17-year-old Zoe Loosemore by the throat and threw a glass of water at her when she mentioned an ex-boyfriend in front of him.
Tattershall, who appeared in custody, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and admitted making an abusive phone call to Miss Loosemore.
He also pleaded guilty at North Devon Magistrates' Court to a separate charge of assault .
The court heard Tattershall and Miss Loosemore first met in July and talked over Facebook before quickly making the decision to live together on a boat moored near the North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple.
The pair then moved into Miss Loosemore's mother's house where they soon started arguing.
Sue Roberts, for the prosecution, said: "Mr Tattershall became jealous and controlling.
"On August 15, after a trip to the fair, they had an argument which resulted in him pushing Miss Loosemore onto the bed and grabbing her by the throat.
"The next morning they argued again and he threw a glass of water over her."
The court heard Tattershall was kicked out of the house and went to stay with a friend in Barnstaple.
Tattershall called Miss Loosemore on September 24.
Miss Roberts said: "He says he called to try and make up with her.
However, during the conversation he called her a slag, warned her not to come to Barnstaple and threatened her with violence."
The court heard Tattershall had a history of domestic violence against vulnerable people. Last year he was jailed for 16 weeks and given a restraining order for assaulting a previous partner.
In 2010 he was convicted for criminal damage which was related to his sister.
Tony Dart, for the defence, said his client lost his temper.
He said: "He accepts the relationship is now over.
"He is planning to leave North Devon and make a new life for himself in Dorset."
The court also heard details of a separate assault on David Roberts. It was alleged that Tattershall punched Mr Roberts in the face after being asked to leave his house.
Tattershall pleaded guilty to the offence.
Mr Dart said his client had been in custody for almost six weeks after being arrested and asked for this to be taken into consideration when sentencing.
Tattershall was sentenced to 23 weeks in prison, less the 37 days he had already served.
He was also given a 12-month restraining order and told not to contact Zoe Loosemore and not to enter East Street in South Molton.