Thug beat and imprisoned girlfriend like ‘slave’ and slammed head into wall

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A thug smashed his ex-girlfriend's head against a wall and locked her up like a slave, a court heard.

Police found 28-year-old Shane Bowen's girlfriend in a cupboard where he kept her prisoner.

As part of his campaign of abuse, Bowen regularly throttled or headbutted his partner, controlled her money and constantly accused her of cheating on him.

It was six months before their relationship transformed into a "coercive life of misery" for Bowen's victim.

Prosecutor Ian Wright told Swansea Crown Court Bowen took away all her freedoms from using her own mobile phone and withdrawing her benefit money from the bank to seeing family and friends and eating what she wanted.

Mr Wright said Bowen when Bowen's girlfriend ordered a Chinese takeaway from the "wrong" restaurant, he began throwing the plates of food around the room before slamming the woman's head into the wall and then making her clean up the mess.

Bowen then told his victim "I don't f****** like any other Chinese except New Garden" and made her drive them both five miles to go to the right restaurant.

Police went to their home in Neath, South Wales, but Bowen denied his girlfriend was at home – but officers searched the house and found he was keeping her prisoner locked in a cupboard.

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In March this year, he was jailed for 12 weeks for assaulting his partner at a bar.

Bowen, of Manselton, Swansea, had previously pleaded guilty to coercive or controlling behaviour and to false imprisonment when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Jon Tarrant, for Bowen, said he realised he had to tackle his anger and temper issues.

Recorder Christopher Clee QC said the woman said she was "like a slave" – and that he made her life "a complete misery".

He jailed him for two years and he was made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting his ex for the next five years.

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