He bit, strangled and kicked woman
Shepshed man jailed for five years
A MAN who bit, strangled and repeatedly kicked a woman in the face before threatening her with a knife has been sentenced to five years in jail.
Ben Rowland, 28, previously of Thorpe Road, Shepshed, had subjected the woman to a catalogue of abuse and control over several months, but his behaviour was finally exposed when neighbours reported hearing a commotion and seeing a battered woman flee from a house in East Leake on July 15 this year.
Rowland discarded the knife inside the house and dropped the woman’s mobile phone down a drain, leaving her unable to call for help. He then fled the scene on foot.
Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire officers rushed to the area, as well as utilising the police helicopter, but he managed to escape.
Specialist officers managed to track Rowland to the Loughborough area a few days later.
Following a short pursuit Rowland surrendered himself after being confronted by a police dog and handler and was arrested.
The woman was supported by officers from the Public Protection Unit, and Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid, to whom she disclosed a pattern of violence and controlling behaviour.
Rowland pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to; causing grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, and coercive and controlling behaviour towards a woman within a domestic relationship.
He was sentenced to four years with an extended one year on licence for the GBH, 16 months for ABH and 16 months for coercive and controlling behaviour, both to run concurrently.
Officer in the case DC Chris Taylor said: “While in custody he was remorseless and arrogant.
“Abusers like Rowland will look to systematically isolate women from their support networks, but thankfully this young woman’s family and friends immediately returned to support and protect her.
“We will always go above and beyond to bring in offenders like Rowland; especially after witnessing the extent of the damage they are capable of inflicting.
“In the few months since Rowland has been on remand, the victim has made a remarkable development each time we have met, although I’m sure her physical and psychological scars will continue into the future.
“After the incident we asked her to look at a tool on the Women’s Aid website called the ‘Power and Control Wheel’.
“It was an eye-opening moment for her, as she saw just how much of her life had been affected by domestic violence. I would encourage anyone concerned about their relationship, or their friend or family’s relationship, to visit the Women’s Aid website and to look at the help and resources available to them.”