Jeal­ous man ‘burned his fi­ancée with an iron’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

A‘JEAL­OUS, con­trol­ling’ man burned his fi­ancée’s arm us­ing an iron.

Jake Bow­ers, 26, at­tacked the woman four times in five weeks dur­ing 2015, a court heard.

The vic­tim was choked, punched in the stom­ach and pushed against a door frame dur­ing the other in­ci­dents.

Bow­ers, of Brown Street, Mac­cles­field, de­nied four charges of as­sault but was found guilty by a jury af­ter a trial at Ch­ester Crown Court.

The court heard the cou­ple had been to­gether for five years and had ex­pe­ri­enced ‘ups and downs’.

Dur­ing the trial, the vic­tim claimed that early in the re­la­tion­ship she suf­fered a mis­car­riage when Bow­ers punched her in the stom­ach af­ter learn­ing of the preg­nancy.

Myles Wil­son, de­fend­ing Bow­ers, ques­tioned why she stayed with him af­ter such a ‘hor­rific’ ex­pe­ri­ence and was told she ‘just wanted to carry on’.

The court heard that by 2015 the vic­tim claimed there was ‘no sex, kisses or cud­dles’ and the vi­o­lence re­turned.

On Septem­ber 13 Bow­ers ‘lost his tem­per and choked’ the vic­tim, putting his hand around her throat, ‘grip­ping so hard it left a bruise’, the court heard.

Then Oc­to­ber 15, he ‘pressed the iron into her arm for sev­eral sec­onds’ leav­ing a tri­an­gle burn, the court heard.

The vic­tim de­scribed the ex­pe­ri­ence as ‘one of the most painful things’ she had ever felt.

She said Bow­ers was ‘a jeal­ous con­trol­ling char­ac­ter’ who was un­happy that she was plan­ning to go out with col­leagues af­ter work.

On Oc­to­ber 20, Bow­ers pushed the vic­tim against a door frame caus­ing scratches to her shoul­der, the court heard.

Fi­nally, on Oc­to­ber 22, Bow­ers punched her to the stom­ach caus­ing an in­jury to her rib, the pros­e­cu­tion claimed.

The court heard that the vic­tim con­fided in col­leagues and then dumped Bow­ers via text mes­sage say­ing ‘I can’t live like this any­more’, I have found the strength and courage to leave’.

Mr Wil­son asked her why text mes­sages dur­ing the pe­riod made no ref­er­ence to the as­saults and he ac­cused the vic­tim of mak­ing up al­le­ga­tions to jus­tify the break-up to friends and fam­ily.

The vic­tim told the jury: “I didn’t need to tell him about the as­saults. He knew.”

Bow­ers will be sen­tenced on Au­gust 14.

Jake Bow­ers

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