Mum-of-one recalls seeing 'evil' in eyes of ex during torture ordeal
Mother recalls seeing ‘evil’ in eyes of her jealous ex-partner who filmed himself torturing her for three hours – including lifting her off the ground with a noose for three minutes
- Stefan Carr, 28, punched and acted out mock hanging on Bethany Marchant
- Pleaded guilty to attempted grievous bodily harm and assaults on an ex
- Jailed for 11 years after lifting Bethany Marchant off the ground using a noose
- Bethany recalled ‘evil’ look that came through the eyes of her ex-boyfriend
A woman has recalled how ‘evil came through the eyes’ of her jealous ex-partner as he filmed himself torturing her for three hours on his own CCTV – including pretending to hang her.
In the second episode of Survivors with Denise Welch, the TV personality speaks to mother-of-one Bethany Marchant, who in May 2019, aged 24, was subjected to a violent attack by her then-partner, Stefan Carr.
At his Castleford home, Stefan held a pillowcase over Bethany’s face and forced his fist down her throat as part of a three-hour torture session captured on his own CCTV.
At one point, he created a noose out of a length of rope and lifted her off the ground, hanging her for about three minutes – and also threatened her with a knife.
‘I remember going down to the bottom of the stairs,’ explains Bethany. ‘Evil just came through his eyes. I was terrified. I had never seen this look that he had given me.’
In September 2019, Stefan was sentenced to 11 years and three months at Leeds Crown Court for attacking Bethany and his ex-partner in quick succession.
In May 2019, Bethany Marchant, aged 24, was subjected to a violent attack by her then-partner, Stefan Carr. Pictured, speaking with Denise Welch
Bethany (pictured) recalled going down to the bottom of the stairs and seeing ‘evil’ that came through Stefan’s eyes
Bethany, then aged 23, and Stefan, then 28, began dating in October 2018 after meeting in a bar in Wakefield.
Before the attack, Stefan – who had a job in health and safety for national rail – had shown no signs of being an abuser and appeared the perfect gent.
‘I couldn’t fault the relationship to start off with,’ says Bethany. ‘He was lovely. He would often buy me flowers. He was very, very nice and polite.’
‘He had these piercing blue eyes and he sort of looked like a big, scary giant – but really, he wasn’t. He was a bit softy.’
Bethany went on to say there were ‘never’ any moments prior to the attack where she was ‘scared’ of him.
Carr (pictured) was jailed for 11 years after his sickening assault on Ms Marchant
‘He would never ever dictate what I wore, who I could see. I often went out with my friends for tea. I felt this was what I had waited for.’
On the night of the attack, Stefan confessed to cheating on Bethany, and an argument broke out.
Bethany asked to leave, but had no idea Stefan had been goading her in a bid to lure her back to his place.
She didn’t realise that in another pre-meditated move, Stefan had managed to get hold of her phone, leaving her no way of calling for help.
‘We got in my car, I was like, “I’m going to your house, getting my things and I’m going.” I was fuming. I was so annoyed. He was sort of adding to that.’
‘He was gloating about the situation, saying how good she was, how amazing she was, how pretty she is. I was like, “Are you kidding me?”
‘I remember going in the house, storming up the stairs, hunting for my things and still arguing back and forth.
‘I remember thinking, “I’ve not got my phone.” We were stood at the top of the stairs arguing. He was blocking the top of the stairs so I couldn’t go down. I was just like, “Look, let me go, I need to go home.’ He then fell down the stairs to the bottom of the steps.'”
Bethany (pictured) also told how Stefan held a pillowcase over her face and forced his fist down her throat as part of a three-hour torture session captured on his own CCTV
It was then that Bethany says she saw her a change.
‘From crying like a baby on the floor, to being stood up in front of me glaring at me, threatening me,’ says Bethany. ‘I just remember him being so angry at me, being like, “You’re not leaving.”
‘I remember going round the house and the doors were all locked. Then it started getting physical.’
What Bethany went on to suffer that night horrified even the most hardened of police officers – a brutal and sustained attack that Stefan Carr deliberately recorded on his CCTV.
‘I was in his bedroom and he wasn’t in is bedroom at the time but his neighbours were opposite,’ she explains. ‘I remember banging and shouting and hoping one of the neighbours would see or hear me.’
‘He came up the stairs into the bedroom and he pushed me from where I was stood onto the bed and the next minute he was sat on top of me with a pillow. He just put it over my face and it just felt like forever.’
She continues: ‘I couldn’t breathe. I was punching, kicking screaming and I must’ve bust his nose because he pulled the cushion off my face and spat the blood straight into my face from him.’
The violence Stefan used on Bethany escalated – and there was nothing Bethany could do other than fight to stay alive.
Carr is pictured, left, on the home CCTV system that captured him making a noose as he attacked Ms Marchant (right)
Carr is pictured fashioning a noose as his CCTV system captured him on film during the sickening attack
‘I remember kicking him off me,’ she says. ‘I was sort of doing an army crawl across the floor and again he just got on top of me, turned me over, and he just put his full fist into my mouth and pushed really far down onto my throat so I couldn’t breathe at all. I remember thinking, “this is it.”
Bethany admits she thought she was going to die during the terrifying ordeal and was thinking of her little boy the ‘whole time.’
The violence inflicted on Bethany wasn’t only vicious but also relentless – it involved torture including knives and the hideous ordeal culminated in a noose.
The thug is pictured gathering up rope in order to fashion a noose during the attack
‘I managed to get into the bathroom and had locked the door,’ recalls Bethany. ‘He’d gone quiet and I thought I’d heard him go downstairs. I could hear him choking.’
‘I knew he had certain ropes in his house because of his job. He’d hang off bridges so there were harnesses and things like that in there.
‘I remember thinking, “just let him do whatever he’s doing.” Just leave him to it. Everything went quiet and I remember peaking my head around and just seeing his legs laid on the floor and thinking, “he’s dead.”
‘So I stepped towards him and he grabbed me and put me in the rope and put the rope round my neck.’
‘I remember him pulling the noose and pulling me off the floor and he was also using his arm to press me up and hold me up as well, to get me up off the floor under my chin.’
She adds: ‘I snapped every nail trying to pull it away from my neck.
‘I remember seeing all these white lights straight into my eyes. I honestly just thought, I’m going to die right here.’
Bethany posted on Facebook detailing the long-term impact of Carr’s attack
She wrote: ‘After Carr was jailed I am now ready to break my silence on what has just been the most awful time… after 20 weeks of hell he has finally been sentenced today.
‘Some of you know I was in a relationship with Stefan and on May 5th after finding out he had been cheating I decided enough was enough and decided to leave.
‘He locked me in his home and repeatedly tortured me in the worst possible ways for three hours (luckily on CCTV which he had in his home) I truly mean when I say that if the neighbours hadn’t rung the police Harry would not have his mummy, my children at dancing would have lost their teacher and my family and friends would have lost their daughter, granddaughter, niece and friend, so to the neighbours: you have saved my life and I am eternally grateful.
‘I never thought Stefan would ever hurt me or was capable of nearly murdering me but he proved me wrong.
‘Some of you are blaming me for staying with Stefan saying I was warned etc but until you have walked in my shoes you don’t understand how manipulative he was.
‘He just completely flipped and I was so terrified, I thought that was it for me, if people weren’t good at completely fooling people there would be no domestic abuse in the world.
‘I wasn’t in an abusive relationship this was one terrible vile evil event, but unfortunately I’m not the first,
‘He had me completely fooled. I can’t even tell you how awful the past 20 weeks have been I have battled and battled with my mind and the after affects that come with what he did to me and I’ve got a very long road to recovery but I know that my comeback will be stronger than my set back.
‘I have been diagnosed with PTSD and will admit some days have been absolutely unbearable but I’m a great actress and can hide my problems with a smile and pull myself together for Harry and my business.
‘Most of you see the confident, gobby Beth but truth is I’m broken and struggling but that’s ok because soon I’ll be back stronger than ever.
‘I don’t want sympathy and I don’t need to explain myself all I am saying is you never know what you’d do in a situation until you are faced with it.
‘People think it’s one event and that I should be over it, but the after affects and the thought of protecting my son and myself from this monster for the rest of my life is so difficult, the police have been amazing and I’ll be honest at times I’ve lost my head and can’t explain my actions but I’ve never had to deal with anything like this and I’ll be honest, it’s sooooo difficult…thankfully today he is locked away I can’t hurt anyone else, I want to thank my family and friends for their constant support and I can finally start to rebuild my life and get the help I need to be the best mum for my son.’
Speaking of how she got out of the noose, Bethany continues: ‘Eventually he dropped me to the floor.’
‘I found out I was actually hanging for three minutes, which is enough time to lose consciousness. I remember being sick, I couldn’t breathe. I remember him getting me water.’
Bethany eventually persuaded Stefan to take her to the hospital; while driving, he threatened to drive the car into a reservoir, drowning them both.
The police arrived at this point, alerted by a neighbour who had heard Bethany’s screams.
Carr, of Castleford, West Yorkshire, launched the sustained attack on dance teacher Ms Marchant on 5 May.
He pleaded guilty to attempted grievous bodily harm on Mr Marchant and two earlier assaults against a former lover.
Leeds Crown Court heard the attack on Mr Marchant began at Carr’s home in the early hours of Sunday 5 May, 2019.
The couple had arrived home at 1.30am and a long argument escalated into a sustained series of attacks on Ms Marchant. Carr pushed her from room to room, attacking her in various ways.
At one point he created a noose out of a length of rope and lifted her off the ground. He also threatened her with a knife.
She eventually persuaded him to take her to hospital but after driving a short distance he threatened to drive the car into a reservoir, drowning them both, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
He had rigged his home with CCTV cameras which captured the full incident, providing footage which proved a factor in his guilty plea.
Among the offences shown in the CCTV was that of Carr preparing a noose, which he then hung the victim from.
The incident came to an end after the victim was able to flee from the suspect after he had forced her into a van parked outside.
The court heard Carr assaulted Ms Marchant whilst on bail for the earlier attacks on his previous girlfriend.
In that incident jealous Carr believed she was in a new relationship. He punched his ex-partner in the face in late-autumn 2018, and in January 2019 he attempted to suffocate her.
After Carr was sentenced Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe, Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said: ‘Carr subjected his victim to a lengthy and terrifying ordeal and we welcome his sentencing at Leeds Crown Court today.
‘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.’
She added: ‘We would always encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forwards and contact us. We can promise that all reports will be dealt with sympathetically and fully investigated.’
Bethany is now an activist supporting Clare’s Law – the right of women and men at risk of domestic violence to know if their partner has a history of serial violent abuse. This law was named after Clare Wood, who was murdered in 2009. It came into law in 2014.
The brand new and exclusive six-part series Survivors with Denise Welch premieres on CRIME+INVESTIGATION, with the first episode airing on Monday 19th April at 9pm. Episodes will be available for 30 days on catch up.
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