A DOMESTIC violence victim was left scared to leave her own home after years of abuse from her boyfriend. 

Char Brown was left bruised and "battered all over" due to multiple attacks from her now ex-partner, Benjamin Evetts.

The 27-year-old said how the couple got together in 2016 and things were fine for the first few months. 

But soon after Evetts turned physically violent. 

The couple finally split up in 2020, but the attacks didn't stop there as Evetts went to Char's home on June 15 this year. 

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Bursting through the door, he pushed her to the floor and kneeled over her, before putting his thumb on her windpipe leaving her struggling to breathe.

He then snatched her phone from her and threw it away, so she couldn't call the police. 

But 45 minutes later, he returned, attacking her again and damaging her home. 

Grabbing her throat, he pushed her to the floor and using her hair, banged her head into a wall, all while spitting at her. 

The police were called and Evetts was arrested that same day. 

But now Char has said she is still recovering from the incident which a court heard left her "visibly upset, shaking and in tears". 

She told the Echo: "He just beat me for years. He pretty much nearly killed me. It was horrible. 

Daily Echo: Char Brown. Char Brown.

"I have a lot of flashbacks and have had to have my hands assessed for nerve damage.

"He knocked both of my teeth out. I don’t feel right. I never want to see him again."

Evetts, 27, appeared at Southampton Crown Court on Thursday having previously pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

Prosecuting, Simon Foster told the court that Char was "battered all over" and that Evetts claimed he hadn't assaulted her and that she had been seeing another man. 

But mitigating, David Storry said Evetts, the defendant formerly of Cromer Road had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and has since "had a lot of time to think about what he has done". 

Daily Echo: Benjamin Evetts.Benjamin Evetts.

He described the relationship as "toxic" adding that Evetts has "no intention of contacting the victim."

He is said to have mental health issues that contributed to his behaviour. 

But Judge Nicholas Rowland said Evetts had assaulted her twice before.

And, that he committed the offence just six days after his release from prison. 

He jailed Evetts for two and a half years and and handed him a five-year restraining order. 

Following the sentencing, Char told the Echo: "I feel safer knowing he is behind bars. He broke my heart, I wanted a family with him.

"I’m happy he got what he got. He could have got more but at least he got something. I get a little bit of justice."

PC Romany Cushing, who led the case, said: “Evetts' actions and behaviour were appalling.

“We do not tolerate any forms of domestic abuse or assault and will relentlessly pursue perpetrators to ensure they face justice.

“I hope this result encourages any victims of domestic abuse to come forward and reassures you that we will take your allegations seriously.”

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