Thug who beat up two girlfriends is jailed after attacking third girl

Thug, 20, who had beaten up two girlfriends by the time he was just 16 is jailed for five years after he was branded a danger to women for attacking a THIRD lover and her mother

  • Johnboy Price, now 20, was convicted in 2016 for attacking two teen girlfriends
  • He has now been jailed for five years at Bolton Crown Court for attacking a third
  • Price subjected Leah Robinson and her mother Deborah, 38, to a two year ordeal
  • Judge branded him ‘not capable of loving relationships’ and a danger to women

A brute who had beaten up two girlfriends by the time he was 16 has been jailed after subjecting a third victim and her mother to a prolonged campaign of abuse – as a judge branded him a danger to all women. 

Johnboy Price attacked two girls he was dating before subjecting a third to a two year ordeal of physical violence and psychological abuse.

Jailing him for for five years and four months, the judge slammed Price saying the effects of his abuse ‘will last a lifetime’.  

Judge Miss Recorder Abigail Hudson said: ‘[You are a] dangerous man, a man who is not capable of loving relationships and not capable of existing without violence.’

Price, 20, was taken in by his girlfriend Leah Robinson and her mother Deborah, 38, in February 2018 after he was kicked out of his own home for unruly behaviour. 

Bolton Crown Court heard how he had several past convictions, including common assaults on two ex-girlfriends then aged 15 and 14.

He was convicted of the assaults in 2016 and was served with restraining orders banning him from seeing them.

Despite being under the supervision of a youth offender team after the assaults, he then began a two year campaign of abuse against Leah. 

During almost daily ‘incessant’ attacks, Price of Orrell, near Wigan, Greater Manchester, repeatedly punched, slapped and threatened to kill teenager Leah. 


Johnboy Price (pictured left and right) attacked two girls he was dating by the time he was just 16 and has now been jailed after subjecting a third to a two year ordeal of physical violence and psychological abuse

During almost daily ‘incessant’ attacks, Price of Orrell, near Wigan, Greater Manchester, repeatedly punched, slapped and threatened to kill teenager Leah Robinson, now 18, and her mother Deborah, 38

He also turned on her mother, breaking her hand, nose and knocking out two of Mrs Robinson’s front teeth while taking a running kick at her face during a severe beating. 

He was arrested after Leah, then 16, ran to a neighbour’s house to get help while Price was out in March 2020.    

At Bolton Crown Court, where Price appeared via video link from prison, he pleaded guilty to controlling or coercive behaviour, common assaults, inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was locked up for five years and four months. Leah, now 18, also won a restraining order banning Price from contacting her for five years.  

Sentencing Price, the judge said: ‘Leah’s family took you in when you had nowhere else to go yet over the following two years you terrorised them. 

‘It was a catalogue of physically abuse accompanied by extreme psychological abuse, the effects of which will last a lifetime for that entire family… This was gratuitous degradation and conduct intended to humiliate, debase and maximise fear and distress.’

During his trial, Price blamed his actions on having an ‘abusive and violent childhood’ and said he had been abusing drugs and alcohol since he was 12. 

The judge added: ‘You are yourself in many ways a victim of the profound damage that was done to you during your childhood. 

He was arrested after Leah, then 16, ran to a neighbour’s house to get help while Price was out in March 2020

‘But the reality is your childhood has created a dangerous man, a man who is not capable of loving relationships and not capable of existing without violence.

‘The background represents intense violence in the context of controlling relationships and you pose a significant risk of causing serious harm.’

The court heard the pair met online in February 2018 when Leah was just 14 and he quickly moved into her family home in Marsh Green, Wigan. 

Initially all went well and Price bought furniture for the house and helped with DIY and decorating jobs. But his behaviour changed in June that year when he convinced himself Leah was seeing other boys.

Mr Mark Monaghan, prosecuting, said: ‘She describes a pattern of assault in which he would slap across the face or punch in the arm and fly into rages for no reason.

‘She didn’t tell anyone what was happening because he said he would kill her and her family or get one of his relatives to kill them if he went to prison.

‘She said he wanted to control everything she did and what she would wear and he wouldn’t allow her to go out of the house without him.’

In January 2020, Mrs Robinson asked Price if he had assaulted her daughter but he responded by pushing and slapping her to the face and arms. 

He then repeated his threats to kill the family and Mrs Robinson felt ‘controlled, intimidated and helpless’ at not being able to rescue her daughter. 

At Bolton Crown Court,  (pictured, stock image) Price pleaded guilty to controlling or coercive behaviour, common assaults, inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm

Leah was so frightened that when Price and her mother went to Wigan on an errand in March 2020, she climbed through an unlocked rear window went to a neighbour’s house to ask for help and police were called. 

When he was arrested, Price denied wrongdoing in his police interview and claimed Leah had ‘made up stories’ to get him sent to prison.

Police later recovered texts he sent to Leah threatening to hang himself if she did not retract a statement she made to detectives.

One read: ‘Tell them nothing baby, I’m begging you. Please I don’t want you to be like all them other girls who ditched me. Please drop all this. I’ll never do anything like this again.’

In mitigation defence counsel Nicola Carroll said: ‘Violence and threats of violence are sadly all he has ever known. 

‘He grew up in a toxic environment of domestic violence in which is mother was violently attacked by his father and he took was the victim of childhood domestic abuse at the hands of both parents.

‘There were no early intervention measures were taken to help him when he was a child so it is perhaps of little surprise that he has little awareness of how to behave.’

Price must serve an extended year long licence period after being released from custody. A restraining order was not imposed for Leah’s mother as she wishes to remain in contact with him.    

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