‘Troll’ is back before court

Matthew Woods
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A man who was jailed for making sickening comments online about a murdered youngster, has appeared back before the courts for assaulting his girlfriend and her mum.

Matthew Woods, 22, of Sherburn Road, Penwortham, served a 12-week jail term imposed in October 2012 for his “abhorrent” comments about tragic youngsters April Jones, who was murdered, and missing girl Madeleine McCann.

He was arrested for his own safety after about 50 people descended on his then home in Chorley over the online posts.

He has now admitted assaulting his partner and her mother and received a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.

The court imposed a 12-month restraining order after hearing he attacked the 19-year-old mother of his newborn child and her mum, 44, at their home in Penwortham.

Prosecuting, Richard Stone said Woods had been in a twoyear relationship with one of his victims, but they had broken up three weeks before the attack and she had moved in with her mum in Penwortham.

At around 9.10am on November 11, she was standing at the back door when Woods came around the corner shouting that she had “trashed his house” and demanding to know where their daughter was.

Mr Stone said: “She states the relationship ended because he was constantly abusive and aggressive towards her.

“He pushed her against the window. Her mother came out and she ducked under her mum’s arm to get into the house.

“She went upstairs and called the police. She could hear her mum and the defendant fighting.”

The court also heard Wood had put his arm across the mother’s throat, pushed her around the kitchen and smashed several photo frames.

He pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrates’ Court to two counts of assault and one of criminal damage.