Online dating predator who terrorised girlfriends is jailed as judge brands him danger to ALL his Internet dates
Ryan Schofield, 26, claimed eight victims in seven years during violent outbursts of “insane jealousy” after surfing dating websites such as Plenty of Fish to contact women
Ryan Schofield stormed out of the dock when his history of violence was read out
A online dating predator who bullied, terrorised and beat up girlfriends he found on websites has been jailed again – after a judge branded him a danger to ALL women he’s in a relationship with.
Ryan Schofield, 26, claimed eight victims in seven years during violent outbursts of “insane jealousy” after surfing dating websites such as Plenty of Fish to contact women.
A court heard one of his victims was violated with deodorant can by Schofield – as he held a pillow over her face told her: “Shh! I’ll do what I want”.
Another victim was thrown to the floor, kicked and stamped on during a vicious unprovoked beating.
She was so traumatised by her experiences she claims she now gets “frightened to death” whenever her son says just “boo” to her.
Schofield, from Ashton-Under-Lyne, stormed out of the dock at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, as prosecutors detailed his shocking history of violence against a string of girlfriends dating back to 2009.
Ryan Schofield has a history of violence against women dating back to 2009 (Photo: Cavendish)
Ryan Schofield’s criminal record:
June 2009 – Tameside Magistrates’ Court – four months suspended for two years for four offences of assault on his then 17-year-old girlfriend
December 2009 – Minshull Street Crown Court – eight months jail for assault
June 2011 – Two year community order for assault on woman he pushed out of a taxi, damaged her property, punched her to the stomach and grabbed her until she was dizzy
June 2013 – High Peak Magistrates’ Court – 12 weeks jail for common assault on a female partner
May 2014 – Tameside Magistrates’ Court – 20 weeks in custody for assault on a woman. The complainant was threatened with a crowbar, then he grabbed her and repeatedly headbutted her before stripping her of all her clothes and telling her: “We are going to f*** now”
May 2015 – County Durham Magistrates’ Court – supervision order after being in custody for four assaults. He punched and kicked a female and kicked her to the face.
Schofield remained in his cell for part of the hearing but was brought back into court yesterday to be told he would be jailed for five years and four months.
Judge John Potter told him: “When you are in a relationship with a women you exhibit violent and controlling behaviour over them.
“This characteristic of you has been present for many, many years and has been well established in numerous previous relationships.
It’s obvious that that your previous convictions significantly aggravate the offending I must sentence you for now – and that is because they are very similar.
“Some of these latest offences illustrate once more that whilst in a violent and controlling relationship, you not only physically but sexually abused your victim.
“She makes it clear that she has suffered significantly as a consequence of this violent and sexually abusive behaviour towards her.
“The other lady indicates she suffered significant physical harm and thereafter some level of psychological harm.
“I view you as presenting a danger to others with whom you share a relationship.”
The judge ruled he was a danger to all women he was in a relationship with
The court heard that Schofield met up with one of his latest victims in March 2015 after meeting her on the Plenty of Fish website and moved into her home in Derbyshire the following June.
But prosecutor Joe Boyd said he would become “insanely jealous” and falsely accuse her of being unfaithful.
Violence flared when the couple went for a drink and he became jealous again as they walked home from a pub.
Mr Boyd said: “They started arguing outside the house and when they got inside he pushed her onto the radiator, putting his face to hers and then head butted her to the left eye.
“He dragged her into the bedroom and pushed her into a chest of drawers.
“She couldn’t move and an ambulance was called. They asked what happened and she said she had fallen and banged her head on a table.
“They put her on a spinal board and took her to hospital. She discharged herself and the defendant said he couldn’t remember what had happened.”
Schofield was jailed for five years and four months for the latest attacks
Despite the row Schofield rekindled his romance with the woman but beat her up again in July – punching in the ribs during a row in which he repeatedly demanded to know whether she had been seeing other men.
She filed a complaint of assault against him the following August but met up with Schofield again in October at her mother’s house where they had sex.
Mr Boyd added: “There became a point where he put a pillow over her face and she felt something was inserted inside her.
“She was trying to push his hand away and he said ‘shh I’ll do what I want’. She didn’t consent to the foreign body.”
Another victim, a mum of one – who met Schofield over the Internet in Christmas 2015 – was assaulted on March 6 last year when she went to his house and he accused her of seeing another man.
Mr Boyd added: “They had been texting and ringing each other and when she got there the defendant said they needed to talk and accused her of seeing someone else.
“He jumped off the bed, dragged her by her coat and threw her to the wall.
“He accused her of joining a dating site and threw her on the bed. He then threw her to the floor and stamped on the middle of her back.
“They made up the following morning but later the defendant came to her house and started to go on about ex-partners, he then threw her into kitchen units, hitting her on the ribs.
“As a result she attended hospital and had four cracked ribs and bruising to her arm.”
In a statement the mum said: “I’m not in a good place at the moment. I was feeling very low last week and completely broke down, I’ve not been put on antidepressants. I feel I am turning into a recluse.
“As long as I’m at home with my son, I feel safe. I’m constantly looking over my shoulder. My son was jumping out at me and shouting ‘boo’ and this frightened me to death”.
Schofield admitted sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and criminal damage.
His counsel Andrew Long said in mitigation: “There is a degree of remorse in this case.
“He acknowledges his failings, his responsibility, the fact he’s a repeat offender, the fact that he can’t stop himself and the fact that he might do it again if he doesn’t get the help he needs”.