Tuesday, 20 Oct 2020

Evil abuser caught by police keeping ‘slave’ girlfriend locked in his cupboard

An evil abuser was arrested after police found his "slave" girlfriend locked in a cupboard.

Shane Bowen made his partner's life a "complete misery", headbutting and throttling her in public.

He slammed her head against a wall after she ordered a Chinese takeaway from the "wrong" restaurant.

In a witness statement the woman said she felt like a "slave", WalesOnline reports.

And the court also heard Bowen would not let his girlfriend have her own mobile phone, would withdraw her benefit money from the bank at the start of every month to make her ask for handouts, and even stopper her seeing family and friends.

Bowen, of Manselton, Swansea, has been jailed for two years and slapped with a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting her.

Recorder Christopher Clee QC said the impact of what Bowen had done could be gauged from a witness statement given to police in which the woman said she was "like a slave".

He told Bowen, who admitted coercive or controlling behaviour and to false imprisonment, he had made his girlfriend's life "a complete misery".

Swansea Crown Court heard their relationship became violent six months in.

Ian Wright, prosecuting, said the woman would not cooperate with police when witnesses reported his assaults on her.

The prosecutor said on one occasion Bowen lost his temper when his girlfriend ordered a Chinese takeaway from the "wrong" restaurant.

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Bowen threw plates of food around the room before slamming her head into the wall, and then making her clean-up the mess.

The court heard officers discovered he was keeping her prisoner locked in a cupboard after he denied she was at home.

In March, he was jailed for 12 weeks for assaulting his partner while armed with a police-style baton at the Pink Geranium bar in Pontardawe.

In July he was made the subject of a domestic violence protection order which he repeatedly breached – breaches which saw him sent back to prison for 28 days in August.

Bowen had previous convictions for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, robbery, public order matters – which had seen him banned from the Greyhound pub in Neath – and three batteries, two of which relate to domestic violence.

Jon Tarrant, for Bowen, said the defendant realised he had to tackle his anger and temper issues.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247

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