Former miner avoids jail for bleach attack on partner
A MAN who poured bleach into his partner’s mouth during a row has avoided jail.
Swansea Crown Court heard that Peter Bowen and Claire Davies — who have a four-year-old son together — had a “fairly turbulent” relationship.
On January 15 this year a violent row erupted between the two, with Ms Davies calling Bowen a “f****t” and Bowen slapping her in the face.
Bowen, of Belgrave Road, Gorseinon, then said he was going to wash her mouth out and, grabbing her by the hair, took her to the kitchen where he squeezed Fairy washing up liquid into her mouth.
However, the row continued between the two, with Bowen again grabbing her hair and taking her back into the kitchen — this time pouring bleach into her mouth.
Barrister Craig Jones, for the prosecution, said the victim drank milk and put her under a running tap to try to lessen the effects of the bleach.
He told the court she suffered soreness to the throat and dry, flaky skin around the mouth as a result of the attack but no serious injuries.
Fifty-six year old former miner Bowen had previously pleaded guilty to one count of inflicting actual bodily harm when he appeared for sentencing this morning.
The court heard the victim did not support the prosecution of her now ex-partner, had expressed a wish that he not be sent to jail for the attack.
Sentencing, Recorder Peter Rouch said: “What you have to understand is that domestic violence is a serious matter and must be dealt with appropriately.
“It is clear you had a fairly turbulent relationship, and it appears that both you and your partner expressed anger and used violence towards each other.
“On the day in question you did not like what she said to you, grabbed he hair and put washing up liquid in her mouth and then put bleach in her mouth.”
He added: “The complainant does not sentence, judges do — but I cannot ignore her views or feelings about what should happen to you.”
Bowen was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and a 12 month supervision order, and was told to complete a “respectful relationship” course. He must also pay £2,000 prosecution costs.
Recorder Rouch also imposed a restraint order on Bowen, prohibiting him from using or threatening violence against Claire Davies, or encouraging anyone else to do so, until such time as any another order is made.