Paranoid boyfriend strangled woman and bombarded her with 'unpleasant and abusive' texts

Shane Cochran, pictured outside Hull Crown Court
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A jealous and suspicious bully lost his temper and strangled his girlfriend before later bombarding her with "very unpleasant and abusive" text messages after he suspected that she was secretly seeing another man.

Shane Cochran wanted to "shame and belittle her" in a desperate bid to "wake her up" but his vindictive plan badly backfired because she now did not want anything to do with him ever again, Hull Crown Court heard.

Cochran, 43, of Holm Garth Drive, off Holderness Road, east Hull, admitted intentional strangulation on August 28 and harassing the woman on September 10. He pleaded guilty on the day of a scheduled trial.

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Ben Hammersley, prosecuting, said that Cochran and the woman had been friends for years and they had been in a relationship since April last year.

Cochran pushed his way into her home. "He was accusing her of having someone in her house and having an affair," said Mr Hammersley.

Cochran grabbed her phone and threw it. He put his arm around her throat with the crook of his elbow, restricting her breathing for a short period of time. The woman screamed for help. No injury was caused.

The relationship ended but, on September 10, Cochran made numerous telephone calls to the woman and he sent "very unpleasant and abusive" text messages to her. He turned up at her home twice and banged on a window.

He was arrested but denied the allegations. He admitted, however, that he was out of order and that he wanted to "shame and belittle her" through the messages. He claimed that he wanted to "wake her up and stop this happening".

The ex-girlfriend later said that she had been left feeling that she could not even go out of the house to have a meal with her family because she was always having to look over her shoulder. She had to have counselling and she hoped that she could finally start to live her life again.

She had not felt able to go out to the shops. "I just want to be able to move on with my life and don't want anything to do with Shane ever again," she said.

"I hope that this is a wake-up call for him and that he can't just do these things and get away with it. I do not want any contact with him at all."

Michael Forrest, mitigating, said that Cochran did not oppose a restraining order being made. He had no previous convictions but he had a caution for an unrelated matter. He had lost a previous job but he had a new job offer.

Judge Mark Bury said: "This ruined a good friendship. They had been friends for years and in a relationship for six months and look what happens."

Judge Bury told Cochran: "You have known each other since you were starting at secondary school. You decided in April last year to become partners.

"That turned out not to be a good plan. You were perfectly good friends but beyond that was more difficult." Cochran suspected that the woman was seeing someone else or showing interest in someone else.

"If there is any more of this sort of behaviour towards her or towards another partner that you have, you are going to be in hot water," said Judge Bury. "You enjoyed professional success at sport and you have worked since then."

Cochran was given a 15-month suspended prison sentence, 20 days' rehabilitation and a probation service Building Better Relationships programme. He was given a five-year restraining order.