Thug boyfriend filmed preparing noose to hang girlfriend in three-hour torture

A thug was seen preparing a noose on his own home CCTV as he subjected his girlfriend to three hours of torture.

Stefan Carr, 28, was captured on video as he lifted Bethany Marchant, 24, off the ground by her neck with a noose he had fashioned from a piece of rope.

The horrific attack happened on May 5 this year at Carr's home in Castleford, West Yorks, and left Bethany with 50 bruises.

She eventually persuaded Carr to take her to hospital but, after driving a short distance, he threatened to drive the car into a reservoir and drown them both.

Carr pleaded guilty to an attempted Section 18 GBH assault.

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This week he was jailed for 11 years and three months at Leeds Crown Court for four counts of assault and one of attempted assault.

Two of the charges related to attacks on his previous partner who had left him in April last year.

Believing she was in a new relationship, he punched his ex-partner in the face in late-autumn last year, and in January 2019 he attempted to suffocate her.

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Carr had been on bail for those offences when he attacked Bethany in May this year.

Speaking after the hearing yesterday, dance teacher Bethany said: "I'm just glad he is locked up and that he can't hurt anybody else.

"I just hope he has remorse for what he has done and that he gets the help that he needs to sort himself out and to not hurt anybody else.

"It is really, really difficult. Day to day it is really hard to keep getting up and being a mum and a teacher.

"But I have to do it. If it helps another person then I have done myself proud and I have done my family proud.

"I will never trust anybody again. He completely fooled me and manipulated me.

"The thought of being with anybody else or having anyone around my child – not a chance."

Bethany has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Sentencing Carr, Judge Penelope Belcher said: "You know where she lives and she was convinced that you would come to her and kill her.

"You have also threatened to hurt her son. She cannot bear to think about you hurting her little boy.

"She has lost all confidence and faith and trust in people."

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe, Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said she hoped other domestic abuse victims would come forward.

She said: "Carr subjected his victim to a lengthy and terrifying ordeal and we welcome his sentencing at Leeds Crown Court today.

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"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.

"We would always encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward and contact us.

"We can promise that all reports will be dealt with sympathetically and fully investigated."

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