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Jealous boyfriend, 28, is jailed for 11 years after he filmed himself torturing his girlfriend

Carr (pictured) has been jailed for 11 years after his sickening assault on Ms Marchant

A jealous boyfriend who recorded the terrifying domestic abuse of his partner on his own CCTV has been jailed for 11 years.

During a violent three hours of torture Stefan Carr, 28, punched, and acted out a mock hanging on Bethany Marchant.

He also threatened the mum-of-one with a knife and told her he was going to drive his van into a reservoir and drown her.

Carr, of Castleford, West Yorkshire, launched the sustained attack on dance teacher Ms Marchant on 5 May.

He pleaded guilty to attempted grievous bodily harm on Mr Marchant and two earlier assaults against a former lover.

Leeds Crown Court heard the attack on Mr Marchant began at Carr’s home in the early hours of Sunday 5 May, 2019.

The couple had arrived home at 1.30am and a long argument escalated into a sustained series of attacks on Ms Marchant. Carr pushed her from room to room, attacking her in various ways.

At one point he created a noose out of a length of rope and lifted her off the ground. He also threatened her with a knife.

She eventually persuaded him to take her to hospital but after driving a short distance he threatened to drive the car into a reservoir, drowning them both, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

He had rigged his home with CCTV cameras which captured the full incident, providing footage which proved a factor in his guilty plea.

Among the offences shown in the CCTV was that of Carr preparing a noose, which he then hung the victim from.

The incident came to an end after the victim was able to flee from the suspect after he had forced her into a van parked outside.

Officers were arriving at the scene after being called by a neighbour and arrested Carr.

Carr is pictured on the home CCTV system that captured him making a noose as he attacked Ms Marchant

Carr was caught on his own CCTV system making a noose as he attacked Ms Marchant (right)

Carr is pictured, left, on the home CCTV system that captured him making a noose as he attacked Ms Marchant (right) 

The court heard Carr assaulted Ms Marchant whilst on bail for the earlier attacks on his previous girlfriend.

In that incident jealous Carr believed she was in a new relationship. He punched his ex-partner in the face in late-autumn 2018, and in January 2019 he attempted to suffocate her.

After Carr was sentenced Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe, Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said: ‘Carr subjected his victim to a lengthy and terrifying ordeal and we welcome his sentencing at Leeds Crown Court today.

‘His victim was truly put in fear of her life by the violence of his actions, and we commend her bravery in both escaping and in supporting the prosecution against him.

‘We are glad his guilty plea has saved her the ordeal of providing evidence, but it must be noted that the strength of the case against him did in part come from Carr effectively recording and documenting his own criminal acts.

‘Hopefully his victim will now take some comfort from seeing him put behind bars.’

She added: ‘We would always encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forwards and contact us. We can promise that all reports will be dealt with sympathetically and fully investigated.’

Ms Marchant posted on Facebook detailing the long-term impact of Carr’s attack as he was jailed.

Carr is pictured fashioning a noose as his CCTV system captured him on film during the sickening attack

Carr is pictured fashioning a noose as his CCTV system captured him on film during the sickening attack 

She wrote: ‘After Carr was jailed I am now ready to break my silence on what has just been the most awful time… after 20 weeks of hell he has finally been sentenced today. 

‘Some of you know I was in a relationship with Stefan and on May 5th after finding out he had been cheating I decided enough was enough and decided to leave.

‘He locked me in his home and repeatedly tortured me in the worst possible ways for three hours (luckily on CCTV which he had in his home) I truly mean when I say that if the neighbours hadn’t rung the police Harry would not have his mummy, my children at dancing would have lost their teacher and my family and friends would have lost their daughter, granddaughter, niece and friend, so to the neighbours: you have saved my life and I am eternally grateful.

‘I never thought Stefan would ever hurt me or was capable of nearly murdering me but he proved me wrong.

‘Some of you are blaming me for staying with Stefan saying I was warned etc but until you have walked in my shoes you don’t understand how manipulative he was.

‘He just completely flipped and I was so terrified, I thought that was it for me, if people weren’t good at completely fooling people there would be no domestic abuse in the world.

‘I wasn’t in an abusive relationship this was one terrible vile evil event, but unfortunately I’m not the first,

‘He had me completely fooled. I can’t even tell you how awful the past 20 weeks have been I have battled and battled with my mind and the after affects that come with what he did to me and I’ve got a very long road to recovery but I know that my comeback will be stronger than my set back.

‘I have been diagnosed with PTSD and will admit some days have been absolutely unbearable but I’m a great actress and can hide my problems with a smile and pull myself together for Harry and my business.

‘Most of you see the confident, gobby Beth but truth is I’m broken and struggling but that’s ok because soon I’ll be back stronger than ever.

‘I don’t want sympathy and I don’t need to explain myself all I am saying is you never know what you’d do in a situation until you are faced with it. 

‘People think it’s one event and that I should be over it, but the after affects and the thought of protecting my son and myself from this monster for the rest of my life is so difficult, the police have been amazing and I’ll be honest at times I’ve lost my head and can’t explain my actions but I’ve never had to deal with anything like this and I’ll be honest, it’s sooooo difficult…thankfully today he is locked away I can’t hurt anyone else, I want to thank my family and friends for their constant support and I can finally start to rebuild my life and get the help I need to be the best mum for my son.’




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