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Man burned his lover on cooker ring after argument

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption The High Court in Glasgow heard Stevenson had 52 previous convictions

A man who burned his lover on a hot cooker ring has been jailed for six years and nine months.

A court heard William Stevenson and the 24-year-old had an argument at his home in Drumry, West Dunbartonshire last July.

The woman ended up unconscious and had no memory of her ordeal.

Stevenson, 34, admitted assaulting the woman to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of her life.

When she was eventually discovered naked and bleeding outside the flat by a passer-by her injuries including a large burn on her bottom.

Stevenson - who already had 52 convictions - also admitted taking hundreds of photos of his victim while she was naked and unconscious.

Lord Woolman told him: "Her life was in danger and you failed to seek medical attention. You took videos of her unconscious body.

"There is no alternative to a custodial sentence as this must reflect your conduct."

Scarred for life

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the woman planned to leave Stevenson after a row on 21 July last year but he apologised and begged his lover to stay.

Prosecutor Liam Ewing said the woman eventually went into the living room and had "no further memory" of what then occurred.

Later that morning a visitor to the tower block found the victim sprawled near a lift.

Mr Ewing said she was naked and bleeding from the mouth.

By the time police turned up, she was not there and the woman was eventually found unconscious in Mr Stevenson's home.

The court heard she claimed to have been fighting with drug addicts at the flat.

The woman was taken to hospital where she was treated for "multiple" cuts and bruises as well as the large burn, which left her scarred for life.

She was also treated for pneumonia before being able to leave hospital days later.

The court heard Stevenson was eventually arrested after a hammer at his flat had the woman's blood on it.

'Never consented'

Medics believe the "blunt force" injuries could have been caused by such a weapon.

A specialist burns unit was asked to examine the 20cm by 15cm mark on the victim's buttock.

The hearing was told it was "consistent with contact with a solid heated surface", such as Stevenson's electric cooker.

It emerged Stevenson had tried to pawn his phone after initially being allowed to leave by police.

The mobile was soon seized - a total of 327 photos and 86 videos of the woman taken on the day of the attack were found.

The court heard she was "naked, in a state of undress and unconscious" in many.

Mr Ewing said: "She confirmed that she had never consented...or was aware of any of the images being taken."

Stevenson pled guilty to a charge under the Sexual Offences Act in connection with the photos and clips.

He was placed on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.

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