A vile man who had kept his girlfriend locked in a cupboard has been jailed for his reign of terror on the woman.
Shane Bowen, formerly of Briton Ferry, Wales, would regularly assault his victim by throttling or headbutting her, controlled her money and prevented her from seeing family and friends.
When police visited the property they found the woman locked in a cupboard and in her witness statement she said she felt like a “slave”, Wales Online reports.
Swansea Crown Court heard the couple’s relationship started well, but deteriorated after six months when Bowen became coercive and violent.
Ian Wright, prosecuting, said the victim was not allowed a mobile phone, Bowen would withdraw her benefit money from the bank and make her ask for handouts and controlled her access to birth control.
He said the defendant was regularly assaulted during their relationship, with Bowen headbutting her in the face – often in front of other people – dragging her around by the hair, or throttling her.
But when police became involved the victim refused to co-operate.
The prosecutor said on one occasion Bowen assaulted his girlfriend for ordering a Chinese takeaway from the “wrong” restaurant.
He threw the food around the room, slammed the woman’s head into the way and then ordered her to clear up.
He then made her drive him to the correct restaurant.
The court heard that on another occasion police visited the couple’s address and Bowen denied his girlfriend was at home – but officers searched the property and found he was keeping her prisoner locked in a cupboard.
Again the victim refused to co-operate with police.
In March this year the defendant was jailed for 12 weeks for assaulting his partner at the Pink Geranium bar in Pontardawe, Wales.
When he was released he went straight to her house “in a temper” and accused her of sleeping around.
In July he was made the subject of a a domestic violence protection order which he repeatedly breached – breaches which saw him sent back to prison for 28 days in August.
Bowen had previously pleaded guilty to coercive and controlling behaviour and to false imprisonment when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
Recorder Christopher Clee QC told Bowen he had made his girlfriend’s life “a complete misery”.
He sentenced him to two years in prison and was given a restraining order banning him from contacting his now ex-girlfriend for the next five years.