Newcastle man jailed for assaulting girlfriend with dog and shovel
An abusive boyfriend let his partner pass for a “torture victim” by attacking him with a blowtorch, shovel and his dog.
“Monster” Shane Hellens has been jailed for six years for subjecting his girlfriend to a horrific campaign of violence.
During their short relationship, the bully broke his victim’s bones, let his dog bite her repeatedly, and attacked her with a blowtorch and garden tools.
The 31-year-old threw jars and bottles at her head, dumped the trash from the trash on her, punched and kicked her several times, and dragged her by the hair on the floor. ground.
The Newcastle Crown Court heard that Hellens began displaying controlling behavior weeks after starting a relationship with the woman in the spring of 2020, smashing five of her phones and ripping off the clothes she was wearing in jealous rages.
On one occasion, he stood over her as she lay on a bed and slammed a guitar across her back and shoulders until it completely shattered.
He smashed her laptop over her head and allowed her dog to bite her four times, resulting in her being hospitalized after the wounds became infected.
On another despicable occasion, Hellens was in the bathroom and called to ask if she wanted a cigarette, but when she put her hand in it he used a blowtorch on her, causing her “excruciating pain that she didn’t.” ‘had never felt before’.
He then spent the next few days grabbing the severely injured hand, causing terrible pain and preventing it from healing.
Despite his arrest, he inflicted even more serious injuries, assaulting her with garden tools and breaking her ankle and arm.
Brutal violence peaked shortly before Christmas when the
Man, 31, who was on bail for previous attacks, brutally assaulted
for five minutes, leaving her “as if she had been in a serious car accident”.
Prosecutor Herrmann said: “In the early hours of December 18 last year in the
garden of his sister’s house, the accused caused serious injuries by beating her
repeatedly with his fists, his feet kicking and stomping, and using
weapons with force considered to be garden tools, especially a shovel or
‘She had left the house of the accused’s sister but when she returned home
the accused dragged her by the hair.
“She thought she was going to be killed. She passed out and
had a broken arm, fractured foot, concussion and bruises.
“The police observed her injuries and described them as if they had been
involved in a serious traffic accident.
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Court heard victim was not released from hospital until January
13, almost a month later.
A victim impact statement was read on behalf of the complainant
mother, who said her daughter was so badly damaged by the abuse that she attempted suicide.
The mother said her daughter lived in fear and left her hometown to be able to protect herself.
She said: “Before meeting him, she could cope with everyday life, she
can no longer do any of that.
“She was such a confident person, it happened because she trusted him.
“She told me she couldn’t believe anyone could be so cruel.
“The level of abuse she suffered in such a short period of time has
she in shock.
“She was completely and totally brainwashed by this monster.”
Turning to Hellens, she said: “She was in a wheelchair for four weeks because of what you did to her.
His body was covered with scars. She looked like a victim of torture.
“She survived a cruel animal.
Hellens pleaded guilty to coercive behavior control, possession of a dog causing injury while dangerously out of control, injury, assault and GBH.
The judge jailed him for 6 years and three months plus an extended license
period of one year.
Hellens also received an indefinite restraining order against the victim
and forbidden to keep dogs for life.
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