Blowtorch thug with grim face tattoos left woman ‘looking like torture victim’

An evil thug "brainwashed" his partner into enduring his wicked campaign of abuse.

A court heard sadistic Shane Hellens used a sickening variety of weapons including a blowtorch, guitar and dog, in a series of "unimaginable cruelty".

The woman was left looking "like a torture victim" after Hellens' controlling behaviour spiralled into brutal violence within weeks of their relationship in spring 2020, The Chronicle reports.

The 31-year-old the bully threw jars and bottles at her head, emptied rubbish from the bin over her, repeatedly punched and kicked her and let his dog bite her four times.

When challenged by her worried mum, he told her the bruises all over her body were "to heal her".

Newcastle Crown Court heard that her once lured her to the toilet of his "torture cabin" by offering a cigarette but instead. blowtorched her hand as she reached in.

He then spent the following days grabbing the badly wounded hand, causing terrible pain and preventing it from healing.

Despite being arrested, he went on to inflict even worse injuries, assaulting her with garden tools and breaking her ankle and arm.

Now Hellens, who lived with his mother, of Hexham Avenue, Walker, Newcastle, has been jailed for six years and three months and was branded a danger by a judge.

The traumatised victim's mum told the court: "Because of what she endured at his hands, I can't refer to him as anything other than a monster.

"She lives in fear he will find her and end her life and many times she feels as if she would be better off dead.

"She said she couldn't believe anyone could be that cruel.

"She was utterly brainwashed by that monster.

"She thought she would die when he took a spade to her. She had a broken foot, broken arm, a hole in her neck, her whole body was covered in bruises.

"The police said they couldn't believe she survived, they said she really should be dead."

The mum, a nurse, added that her daughter spent four weeks in hospital and has had to move to another part of the country for her safety.

Turning to Hellens, she said: "She was in a wheelchair for four weeks because of what you did to her

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"Her body was covered in scars. She looked like a torture victim.

"She has survived a cruel animal."

Hellens pleaded guilty to controlling coercive behaviour, owning a dog causing injury while dangerously out of control, wounding, assault and GBH.

He was jailed for six years two months with an extended licence and was given an indefinite restraining order and a lifetime ban on owning a dog.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247

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