Man who sadistically poured boiling water over girlfriend’s head jailed


 A dangerous man who abused his girlfriend by sadistically pouring boiling water over her head has been jailed for 15 years  Controlling Lee McCutcheon calmly boiled the liquid and sugar in a microwave before callously pouring it over his victim  The drug-addled 28-year-old also punched the woman in the head and dragged her by her hair, a court heard, before striking her with a mallet  The savage attack happened at a flat the couple shared together in Carlisle, Cumbria, on Sunday, March 17 this year  Appearing in the dock at Carlisle Crown Court the defendant was jailed for 15 years    Judge Jeremy Lasker, sentencing, said: “You subjected her to a sustained and wholly gratuitous assault  “You are, in my view, a very dangerous man indeed ”  The court heard an argument began when McCutcheon accused his partner, who can’t be named for legal reasons, of stealing  She was only able to escape the flat in Carlisle by fleeing through a first floor window wearing just a dressing gown  The court heard the badly-injured woman was found “hysterically crying and shaking” by police  She was rushed to hospital in Newcastle, where she spent a week in a specialist burns unit  Doctors said the patient’s head and shoulders were bleeding and blistered and that burns covered 10 per cent of her body  Her injuries are thought to have been worsened by the fact McCutcheon added sugar to the water, which forms a paste that sticks to skin and intensifies burns  The victim initially told nurses a true account of what happened but later changed her story and insisted she had self-harmed  McCutcheon denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent and two counts of false imprisonment but was found guilty on all charges  He was also found guilty of two charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, for plotting with friend Christopher Lowe, 33, to derail the prosecution  The pair tried to persuade the victim and another man who was in the flat on the night of the attack not to assist police  Lowe, also from Carlisle, admitted two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and was jailed for 27 months

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