Man beat girlfriend in ‘sadistic’ attack after saying she cheated

A man strangled, beat, and spat at his girlfriend in an “absolutely sadistic” attack in a hotel room after claiming she was cheating.

Lee John Evans subjected his partner to the sustained attack, telling her he would kill her and “punch every tooth out of your head”.

Evans, 35, beat his girlfriend of two weeks Hayley Clothier after they’d spent the night in Cardiff.

A victim impact statement by Ms Clothier said the incident left her “really shaken up” and she added she felt she “was going to die” and was left “terrified” during the ordeal.

Cardiff Crown Court heard on Wednesday that Evans and Ms Clothier had been together for around two weeks at the time of the incident.

On August 25 the pair went to Cardiff for food and had booked a night in the Sleeperz hotel in the city centre.

At around 10pm the pair were in their room and Ms Clothier was doing her nails. Andrew Kendall, prosecuting, said Evans questioned why and “accused her of cheating on him”.

Mr Kendall said: “He then became very angry, saying things like: ‘If you’ve cheated on me I’ll f**king kill you – and I mean kill you’.

“Ms Clothier described Mr Evans as becoming aggressive, tensing his body and clenching his fists as if he was about to punch something. Ms Clothier was afraid of him.

“She started to cry and then hid her face in her pillow.”

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Evans then grabbed her by the hair and pulled her head up, saying: “Wipe away those tears or I’m going to punch every tooth out of your head”.

He then punched her three times to the ribs and twice in the face. She tried to flee but Evans pulled her back by her hair and when she again tried to run he “slammed the door to the room onto her leg”.

Mr Kendall said Evans also strangled his victim which left her “thinking that he was going to kill her”.

Hotel staff came to check on the room and Ms Clothier told them everything was fine. But after staff left her ordeal continued and Evans pushed her by the throat into the bathroom.

Mr Kendall said: “He told Ms Clothier to wipe her face so people wouldn’t be able to tell she’d been crying. He was checking the spy hole in the room door to see if anyone was coming. He then spat in Ms Clothier’s face.

“He started to gather her things and pile them up by the door, kicking them and spitting on them.

“He then went back into the bathroom and said: ‘Now you’re going to f***ing die’.

“He put the shower on and dragged Ms Clothier by her hair into the shower cubicle.

“He said: ‘I’m going to f***ing drown you’. He started showering her face with hot water.”

Evans then wrapped a hairdryer cord around her neck, telling her “you’re going to die”. Mr Kendall said Evans then “began trying to bite her fake fingernails” and then “began headbutting a wall”.

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Hotel staff asked him to leave and he was arrested shortly after. When interviewed by police Evans denied using force against Ms Clothier and said was trying to “defend” himself after she “freaked out”.

Two days after the offence Evans was due to appear in court for breaching a restraining order against a different woman.

The court heard Evans was previously made the subject of a restraining order preventing him from contacting Stacey Matthews. In May 2020 Ms Matthews received a Facebook friend request from Evans who then appeared to quickly delete the request.

Police interviewed Evans who told officers he made the mistake while setting up a new Facebook profile and due to his dyslexia only realised when he saw her profile picture.

Lowri Patterson, defending, said her client had pleaded guilty to assault and breaching a restraining order at a previous hearing. A charge of criminal damage was ordered to lie on file. The court heard Evans, of Lewis Street, Riverside, has 25 convictions for 66 offences.

Judge David Wynn Morgan handed Evans an 18-month prison sentence for assault and 28 days for breaching the restraining order to run concurrently. He will serve half before being released on licence.

Judge Morgan said: “This was a sustained and repeated attack upon your victim. It was vicious and at times absolutely sadistic.”

During sentencing Evans interrupted the judge from the dock, saying: “She lied about everything”.

Judge Morgan, who appeared via video link, responded: “Don’t you dare argue with me. I have been extremely fair to you.”

If you or someone you know have been affected by domestic abuse visit the Live Fear Free website or call the helpline on 0808 80 10 800.

WalesOnline – Cardiff