12:34 Tuesday 24 December 2013

'Manipulative bully' is jailed for nine years

Written byHELEN KREFT

A FORMER Burton man branded ‘a coward and a manipulative bully’ has been jailed for nine years for attacks on women.

William Nathan Pulman indulged in terrible violence when he flew into bizarre temper tantrums, a court has heard.

In one incident which happened in Burton, Pulman pushed a girl down the stairs, and threw beer and cat litter over her.

In addition to the nine year prison sentence, Judge Rhys Rowlands, sitting at Mold Crown Court, made life-long restraining orders that he is not to approach his two victims.

Following a five week trial, the 38-year-old – described by the judge as “arrogant in the extreme” was convicted of eight charges of assault and one of unlawful imprisonment. But he was cleared of two charges of rape.

Judge Rowlands described some of the evidence as “harrowing” and said the jury had heard evidence of controlling and manipulative behaviour by the defendant.

He had bullied and assaulted his victims, both vulnerable, in “quite bizarre” temper tantrums.

“You are nothing more than a coward and a bully with an explosive temper,” the judge said.

Wyn Lloyd Jones, prosecuting, had warned the jury that they would find the evidence upsetting.

Owen Edwards, defending, said Pulman accepted the verdicts and appreciated that he stood convicted of despicable acts.

He would seek help with his temper while serving his sentence.

The judge commended the investigation by North Wales Police which, he said, had built up “a compelling case” after tracing witnesses at home and abroad.

Welcoming the sentence Detective Inspector Lisa Surridge, of North Wales Police said: “The victims in this case were truly courageous in finding the strength to speak out about the horrendous abuse they suffered at the hands of this man. I hope this sentence gives other victims the same courage to speak out in the knowledge that they will be listened to and supported by North Wales Police and other partner agencies.

“One victim who found the courage to engage with us earlier this year was able to provide a comprehensive and detailed statement which was vital in the prosecution case. The investigation was complex and involved liaison with professionals and witnesses across the whole of the UK and abroad.

“We all need to continue to raise awareness in helping reduce and eradicate all forms of violence and will work with our partners to break this cycle of destruction.”

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