Man on trial for assaults and locking partner in Stapleford flat
A jury is trying a man for a catalogue of assaults on his partner and imprisoning her in her flat.
Steven Waldram denies four charges of assault, trying to pervert the course of justice, false imprisonment and criminal damage to her television.
The defendant allegedly repeatedly attacked the woman and put pressure on her to retract her statement of complaint afterwards to police.
Waldram “pestered his way back into her life” and their relationship continued until this summer, when he allegedly left her locked in her flat “like a not very loved dog”, jurors heard.
Waldram had left her with no key or mobile phone and no way of getting out of her Stapleford flat overnight one night in July, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
Returning the following day, he argued with her, said Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, and allegedly took £200 of the woman’s money and returned with cocaine.
He threw the drug in her lap but she chucked it back at him.
“He [Waldram] drew a razor blade across his wrist,” Mr James-Moore told the jury.
“He wiped some blood onto her face. He put his foot through her TV and called a taxi. She got in the taxi when it arrived.”
Aged 39, Waldram, of Ashworth Avenue, in Ruddington, followed her in a Ford Focus, attempting to ram the taxi off the road, but she managed to escape.
Mr James-Moore said: “The Crown paint the picture of someone out to control her as far as possible and take advantage of her courage and gumption and treating her like a not very loved pet.”
The woman had been in a relationship with the defendant for eight to nine years and they lived in separate houses and saw each other off and on.
She was falsely imprisoned and assaulted after previous episodes of violence, the court heard.
Waldram apparently punched and stamped on her head, leaving her with a cut on her forehead, throbbing headache and pain to he stomach, on October 7 last year.
She told the jury they had argued when he accused of her of appearing on porn sites.
“I said it wasn’t me,” she said.
Waldram was “determined she was” and they were “at each other’s necks” before he punched her a few times.
In earlier attacks he had repeatedly punched her on the back of her head and bit her arm and destroyed her mobile phone.
The trial continues.
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