Jail for boyfriend who
poured bLeach over his girlfriend’s head
A man who poured bleach over his girlfriend's head in Kings
Langley after accusing her of cheating on him was sentenced to
three years in custody on Tuesday.
Benjamin Lewis, 20, from Portishead, Bristol, launched an attack
on Abigail Hawthorne 'out of the blue' after they had been out
When they returned to their home in Common Wood, Kings Langley,
he pinned her on the bed and punched and slapped her face, St
Albans Crown Court heard.
She locked herself in the bathroom, but he put a lighter under
the door, which was four inches from the ground, and said: "You
won't get out alive. You will burn to death. I will kill you. I
will kill your family," said prosecutor Edward Lewis.
Using her mobile, she dialled 999 and tried to leave, but Lewis
then poured the bleach over her head. The phone operator could hear
her shout: "Please stop. It is in my eye."
Lewis himself took over the phone and said: "I have poured
bleach all over her."
Abigail managed to run to a nearby pub and raised the alarm. She
suffered stinging and blurred vision as well as scratches and
bruising to the arms and thigh.
He was in court three days later for breaching a Community Order
and received a six-week sentence. When he was released on October
16, Lewis contacted Abigail on Facebook. She was staying in St Ives
in Cornwall with her sister Carrie-Anne, who has two young
children. Lewis told her: "Your sister owes me £1500. You have two
f...... days or I will burn her house down."
Lewis, of Moorgate, Portishead, pleaded guilty to causing actual
bodily harm on 23 September last year. He also admitted making
threats to kill her on 23 September and making threats to kill her
sister on October 16 last year. He had 8 previous convictions
for 7 offences, including an assault on his mother in 2009 and
another assault on his mother and brother in January 2011 when he
ran down the stairs with a large kitchen knife.
Katie Jenkins, defending, said that much of what happened was
hazy in Lewis' mind as he was under the influence of alcohol. "He
says his behaviour was disgusting. He has had four months in
custody to consider what happened that night. That has been a shock
to his system."
She said he was still only 20 years old and had work lined up in
the kitchen of the Brewers Fayre in Portishead.
Judge Marie Catterson sentenced him to 12 months for the actual
bodily harm with 2 years consecutive for making threats to kill.
She said: "It was a sustained assault on Abigail. You used
bleach - a particularly nasty weapon."
The judge also made a restraining order banning him from
contacting Abigail or Carrie-Anne by any means and banned him from
entering Cornwall for an indefinite period.
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