A serial domestic violence thug who “dominates and degrades” his girlfriends has been jailed for the fourth time for crimes against women.
Harry William Elmer Foster’s latest victim told York Crown Court the 23-year-old had made her life hell and that she fears he won’t stop until she is dead.
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Elmer Foster regularly insulted her appearance until she felt like, “the ugliest girl in the world” and ordered her to leave her job.
When Elmer Foster, who lives in Cayley Close in Rawcliffe, threatened to kill her, he was jailed for 18 weeks and handed a restraining order on January 1.
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But by February, Elmer Foster was released on licence and had rekindled his relationship.
Prosecutor Victoria Hajba-Ward told the court that he made his girlfriend feel guilty for not contacting him while he was in prison.
By May, the court heard that his girlfriend phoned a domestic abuse counsellor, who heard Elmer Foster shouting at her in the background.
The court heard that the couple would get into physical fights and his girlfriend’s legs would be left covered in bruises.
He was jailed again for breaking the restraining order and for beating her.
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During Elmer Foster’s second 2021 stay behind bars, his girlfriend contacted him, using a fake email address, and told him she loved him.
Judge Sean Morris said that people in love, “make all sorts of excuses for their partners, thinking they will change” and that the woman “cannot be criticised that much”.
Elmer Foster was released from prison on June 9 and although the restraining order was still in place, he messaged his former partner.
On June 16, she told him she was at Vodka Revolution bar in York, with a friend.
Elmer Foster turned up and the bar’s CCTV showed them spending time together.
But the tempestuous relationship took a turn for the worse when the woman and her friend left to head to the train station.
Victoria Hajba-Ward told the court he refused to leave the two women alone, shouting insults at his former partner about her appearance and threatening to “smash her face”.
The two women went into the ladies’ loos at the station to escape him.
By June 21, Elmer Foster’s birthday, his ex-girlfriend said he was “hammering her phone” with messages pleading with her to spend the day with him.
But again, things took a turn for the worse after she walked out of the pub they were in.
Elmer Foster followed her and slapped her around the face, causing her to fall to the ground.
By June 24, after seeing a photo of his ex-girlfriend in Nando’s with a male friend.
Elmer Foster messaged her: “I’m coming. I’m going to stick a glass in his face.”
Elmer Foster then sent his ex-girlfriend a photo of himself outside Nando’s, so she knew he was serious.
Further messages included, “you will never be with anyone else. If you’re ever with someone, I’ll break their legs”.
The court heard that Elmer Foster has had problems staying away from other ex-girlfriends in the past.
In 2017, he was handed a non molestation order after harassing a different ex-girlfriend.
But he ignored the order and continued to contact her.
He was sentenced to four months in prison and a further 18 months for a separate incident in York, where he attacked a man so severely, his victim suffered a brain injury.
In 2020, Elmer Foster was back in court after he posted a sexual photo of another ex-girlfriend, after she had refused to see him.
He failed to turn up in court on the day of sentencing and was later handed a 10 month prison term after pleading guilty to revenge porn.
He was released in August 2020 and began this latest relationship, just days later.
His latest victim told the court that she believes Elmer Foster gets more controlling every time he is released from prison and that she doesn’t think he will ever stop bothering her.
Elmer Foster pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order between June 9 and 24.
His solicitor Neal Kutte said since being imprisoned, his client had lost his job at a fencing company, where he did groundwork.
Neal Kutte told the court that the latest breach had involved two-way traffic, and that his ex-girlfriend had been in constant contact, telling him when she was in Vodka Revolution.
Elmer Foster insisted the relationship is now over and that he doesn’t want any further contact with the woman.
The 23-year-old lived with his dad, who although didn’t support his behaviour, wanted his son to return to live with him on his next release from prison.
Judge Sean Morris told the serial harasser: “Lightning may strike twice, but you struck three times.
“You regard females as your own personal property to do with as you like, to dominate and to degrade. It shows in you a great character flaw.”
The judge did concede that Elmer Foster’s ex-girlfriend bore some responsibility: “She chose to contact you in prison expressing love for you.
“The communication went both ways but only one of you had a restraining order and that was you.
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“I cannot ignore the effect you had on this woman. I don’t know what goes on inside your head when it comes to your view of the opposite sex.
“This is the third woman who has had to resort to the courts. You need to learn that they should not be regarded in that way.
“You need to go away for a deep, deep think about what is wrong here.”
As Elmer Foster was led away to start his fourth prison sentence for his crimes against women- and his third sentence for crimes against his latest girlfriend – Judge Sean Morris told him: “If you come before me again, for an offence against this woman, or any woman, I will pass the longest sentence I can”.
He was sentenced to 20 months in prison.
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