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East Malling bully Ryan Gower jailed for two years after abusing partner for 12 hours after Snapchat row


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A bully subjected his lover to a 12-hour ordeal of slapping, kicking and punching after a row over Snapchat pictures.

As he was jailed for two years at Maidstone Crown Court, Ryan Gower's victim, a 20-year-old supermarket worker, said: “He has got to pay for what he has done.

Ryan Gower has now been sentenced for two years after he abused his girlfriend. Picture: Kent Police
Ryan Gower has now been sentenced for two years after he abused his girlfriend. Picture: Kent Police

"His behaviour towards women has increased from slapping a previous partner to a 12-hour assault on me.

“I would not want another woman to go through this. I am scared what he would do to another woman.”

The judge praised her for her bravery.

Gower, 28, and the woman began their year-long relationship in May 2020 after meeting on Facebook.

Prosecutor Rio Pahlavanpour told Maidstone Crown Court how, on June last year, the victim was out with a friend when Gower contacted her to ask to borrow money.

“That led to an argument and Gower went to her home a short while later. He was upset that she was drinking alcohol.”

“I would not want another woman to go through this. I am scared what he would do to another woman.”

Gower, of Jasmine Close, East Malling, later secretly checked his girlfriend’s Snapchat account and got angry at discovering she had sent images of herself to another man.

“At 3am, he sent a message to her via Snapchat demanding she attend his home immediately.

“She arrived at 5am and he immediately damaged her phone by attempting to snap it, cracking the screen,” he added.

The prosecutor said the bully then hit the victim in the face - making her eye swell.

They added: “Between 5am and 5pm, the two remained in his bedroom and she later described a cycle of abuse where he would hit her, calm down again, before again getting worked up.

The brave victim saw her ex-partner jailed after the case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court
The brave victim saw her ex-partner jailed after the case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

“He then began slapping, punching and kicking - leaving her with bruises to her eye and arms.”

The victim eventually left his home and reported the attack.

Francis McGrath, defending, asked that Gower be spared jail because he suffers from epilepsy.

Gower, who admitted assault, perverting the course of justice and damaging property, was jailed for two years and has also been ordered to stay away from the victim for seven years.

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