Published: 10:00, 04 September 2014
A young mother was kept prisoner in her own home by her ex-boyfriend after he assaulted her and bound her ankles with a mobile phone cord, a court heard.
Jess Collins eventually made off with some of Terri-Ann Murray’s property - including one shoe from each pair she owned, it was alleged.
Miss Murray wept as she claimed the attack happened while their two young children - one of whom suffers from cerebral palsy - were at her Faversham home.
Maidstone Crown Court heard the couple had been in a relationship for about two years and parted two weeks before the alleged offences.
Prosecutor Isobel Ascherson said an arrangement was made for Collins, 20, to collect some of his belongings on October 9 last year.
He arrived at the house in St Nicholas Road in the early evening and left about 15 minutes later. He returned soon afterwards and was clearly very angry, said Miss Ascherson.
“What followed was a series of violent attacks on her. He demanded to see her phone." - Prosecutor Isobel Ascherson
“What followed was a series of violent attacks on her,” she told the jury of 10 women and two men. “He demanded to see her phone. The two children were in the house.
“He slapped her repeatedly around the face. She would not say where the phone was. He tied her legs together using a mobile phone cord he found there.
“He continued to demand the phone. He dragged her across the floor by her hair and continued to assault her.
“He then devised the idea that by phoning her phone he would find where it was. He did and went through her records.”
Miss Murray managed to find a small pair of scissors and started to cut herself free from the binding around her legs.
“He stopped her but she succeeded in loosening it and was able to free herself,” said Miss Ascherson.
“He had barricaded the front door with carry cots from the children to prevent her leaving.
“She made an excuse to go to the toilet upstairs. He pulled one of her shoes off.
"She thought it was the opportunity to escape and made her way past the carry cots to a local shop.”
Before she left Collins smashed her phone and took the right shoe from about six pairs in her bedroom, as well as her car keys and driving licence, said Miss Ascherson.
Officers went to Collins’ home and found him lying on the floor in his mother’s bedroom.
Collins, of Churchill Way, Faversham, denies false imprisonment and robbery.
The trial continues.
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