He bit, stran­gled and kicked woman

Shep­shed man jailed for five years

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

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.”

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