Luke Dowdle jailed for eight years over corkscrew attack on girlfriend at Bournemouth home

Bournemouth Echo: Luke Dowdle Luke Dowdle

A THUG who viciously attacked his girlfriend with a corkscrew and a plank of wood has been jailed for eight years.

Police found Helen Midgley-Bryant lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the home she shared with partner Luke Dowdle in the early hours of January 4 this year.

They had been called to the scene by the couple’s neighbours, who had heard Miss Midgley-Bryant screaming for help.

Before 38-year-old Dowdle was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court, Judge Samuel Wiggs heard officers found the victim “covered in blood” and badly injured.

Prosecuting, Kerry Maylin said: “The victim’s hair was matted with blood and her clothes were blood-stained.

“The walls were heavily blood-stained also in the hallway and in the bathroom. As officers entered the building, Miss Midgley-Bryant screamed, ‘He’s done this. He’s tried to kill me’.”

The victim suffered a wound two-and-a-half centimetres deep on her head, exposing her skull, injuries to her neck and lacerations all over her body.

Police recovered two knives, a broken pair of scissors, the blade of a knife, a plank of wood and a corkscrew from the house in Paddington Grove, Bournemouth.

Although Dowdle was originally charged with attempted murder, it was downgraded to grievous bodily harm with intent after the victim said she wouldn’t support the prosecution.

However, she told police that the assault continued for “a considerable length of time”, adding that she thought she “wouldn’t survive it”.

Robert Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had admitted his guilt, “sparing” his victim the horror of reliving her ordeal in the witness box.

But the defendant’s previous convictions, which included an attack on a former partner, made him a “high risk” to women with whom he is in a relationship, Judge Wiggs said.

“I have seen photographs of the flat in which the assault took place and it is no exaggeration to say it’s covered in blood and a scene of devastation,” he said.

He added that Dowdle had inflicted “truly horrific” injuries on his partner, most of which were caused by the corkscrew, including the most serious wound on her neck.

“It is impossible to calculate how many injuries there are,” he said. “Almost no part of her body was uninjured.”

Dowdle was sentenced to eight years behind bars, with an extension of five years, during which he will be supervised.

 

• Dowdle's previous convictions

Dowdle’s previous convictions include assault occasioning actual bodily harm against a previous long-term partner.

“In January 2011, you assaulted your then-partner,” Judge Wiggs said.

“The circumstances are extremely serious. In the course of the assault you dragged her by the hair towards an open balcony on the second floor, saying many times, ‘You’re going over’. You banged her head against the floor. She was screaming and said she thought she was going to die.

“You were given 12 months in prison. The relationship came to an end and in October 2012 you were sentenced for common assault on your subsequent partner. You committed a further assault against her in July 2013.”

Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship.

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6:06am Tue 8 Jul 14

Huey says...

Twisted waste of space. Hope someone does the same to him, but does a proper job.
Twisted waste of space. Hope someone does the same to him, but does a proper job. Huey
  • Score: 65

6:31am Tue 8 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship.


Ohhhh....that's OK then!!!
I think some of the lags will return the favour.
Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship. Ohhhh....that's OK then!!! I think some of the lags will return the favour. BIGTONE
  • Score: 80

6:33am Tue 8 Jul 14

Nice But Dim says...

"Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship."
That's alright then!! Animal - throw away the key.
"Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship." That's alright then!! Animal - throw away the key. Nice But Dim
  • Score: 61

6:59am Tue 8 Jul 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Is Judge Wiggs having an off-day, seem a decent sentence foe him to give out well done!
Is Judge Wiggs having an off-day, seem a decent sentence foe him to give out well done! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 49

7:11am Tue 8 Jul 14

Mañana says...

West Howe. Say no more.
West Howe. Say no more. Mañana
  • Score: -12

7:20am Tue 8 Jul 14

Bambamthe1st says...

Mañana wrote:
West Howe. Say no more.
That's HIGH HOWE not west Howe
[quote][p][bold]Mañana[/bold] wrote: West Howe. Say no more.[/p][/quote]That's HIGH HOWE not west Howe Bambamthe1st
  • Score: 31

7:32am Tue 8 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Bournemouth must have the ugliest thugs in the country ,it's a result of cross breeding with a shallow gene pool ,they really ought to start a program to halt it .speak to monkey world.where it looks like this thug and the Hepbern.bloke escaped from
Bournemouth must have the ugliest thugs in the country ,it's a result of cross breeding with a shallow gene pool ,they really ought to start a program to halt it .speak to monkey world.where it looks like this thug and the Hepbern.bloke escaped from kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 28

7:32am Tue 8 Jul 14

Fingersonthem says...

Bambamthe1st wrote:
Mañana wrote:
West Howe. Say no more.
That's HIGH HOWE not west Howe
That's right Snow White area, High Howe and off to work we go.
[quote][p][bold]Bambamthe1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mañana[/bold] wrote: West Howe. Say no more.[/p][/quote]That's HIGH HOWE not west Howe[/p][/quote]That's right Snow White area, High Howe and off to work we go. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 13

7:46am Tue 8 Jul 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Going back to that comment again- Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship.

Jeez! What kind of mitigation is that! It suggest that abuse of a partner is okay if you don't do it that often!
Going back to that comment again- Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship. Jeez! What kind of mitigation is that! It suggest that abuse of a partner is okay if you don't do it that often! Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 35

7:57am Tue 8 Jul 14

Bambamthe1st says...

Fingersonthem wrote:
Bambamthe1st wrote:
Mañana wrote:
West Howe. Say no more.
That's HIGH HOWE not west Howe
That's right Snow White area, High Howe and off to work we go.
Lol problem is, nobody works round there
[quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bambamthe1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mañana[/bold] wrote: West Howe. Say no more.[/p][/quote]That's HIGH HOWE not west Howe[/p][/quote]That's right Snow White area, High Howe and off to work we go.[/p][/quote]Lol problem is, nobody works round there Bambamthe1st
  • Score: 13

8:16am Tue 8 Jul 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
Is Judge Wiggs having an off-day, seem a decent sentence foe him to give out well done!
Its probably a printing error and he got 8 days!
[quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: Is Judge Wiggs having an off-day, seem a decent sentence foe him to give out well done![/p][/quote]Its probably a printing error and he got 8 days! Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 15

8:33am Tue 8 Jul 14

adspacebroker says...

I wouldnt be popping to the loo whilst youre in jail you waste of space, you may get a little bit more than you bargained for before they dish out a bit of your own medicine, which I am sure you would have got last time!
I wouldnt be popping to the loo whilst youre in jail you waste of space, you may get a little bit more than you bargained for before they dish out a bit of your own medicine, which I am sure you would have got last time! adspacebroker
  • Score: 12

8:38am Tue 8 Jul 14

podgie says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship.


Ohhhh....that's OK then!!!
I think some of the lags will return the favour.
Hello.......... The moran has only been convicted of one or two offences,
In the real world read has committed hundreds .
The sado partner like a lot of these women wasn't even prepared on this occasion to help the prosecution of this piece of Shyte....
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Mr Grey, mitigating, said Dowdle had committed “only one or two” offences against the woman during the course of their 17-year relationship. Ohhhh....that's OK then!!! I think some of the lags will return the favour.[/p][/quote]Hello.......... The moran has only been convicted of one or two offences, In the real world read has committed hundreds . The sado partner like a lot of these women wasn't even prepared on this occasion to help the prosecution of this piece of Shyte.... podgie
  • Score: 12

8:58am Tue 8 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

Hopefully he'll get attacked whilst picking up the soap in the shower block!! He'll need his corkscrew to remove something then!
Hopefully he'll get attacked whilst picking up the soap in the shower block!! He'll need his corkscrew to remove something then! Controversial But True
  • Score: 11

9:14am Tue 8 Jul 14

JemBmth says...

Chief-Wiggum wrote:
itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
Is Judge Wiggs having an off-day, seem a decent sentence foe him to give out well done!
Its probably a printing error and he got 8 days!
LOL - probably!
[quote][p][bold]Chief-Wiggum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: Is Judge Wiggs having an off-day, seem a decent sentence foe him to give out well done![/p][/quote]Its probably a printing error and he got 8 days![/p][/quote]LOL - probably! JemBmth
  • Score: 4

9:18am Tue 8 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

I cant imagine what any woman would see in this ugly piece of crap, a face like a box of frogs and probably a brain to match.
I cant imagine what any woman would see in this ugly piece of crap, a face like a box of frogs and probably a brain to match. Hessenford
  • Score: 18

9:20am Tue 8 Jul 14

beaniebee says...

Why would she not support the prosecution??? He needs to be locked up for as long as possible because he'll just do it to some other woman when he gets out.
Why would she not support the prosecution??? He needs to be locked up for as long as possible because he'll just do it to some other woman when he gets out. beaniebee
  • Score: 20

9:51am Tue 8 Jul 14

MMM444 says...

Chief-Wiggum wrote:
itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
Is Judge Wiggs having an off-day, seem a decent sentence foe him to give out well done!
Its probably a printing error and he got 8 days!
Do 4 days with remission
[quote][p][bold]Chief-Wiggum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: Is Judge Wiggs having an off-day, seem a decent sentence foe him to give out well done![/p][/quote]Its probably a printing error and he got 8 days![/p][/quote]Do 4 days with remission MMM444
  • Score: 7

10:30am Tue 8 Jul 14

new2it says...

Hessenford wrote:
I cant imagine what any woman would see in this ugly piece of crap, a face like a box of frogs and probably a brain to match.
That's a bit harsh on frogs. I think they're lovely.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: I cant imagine what any woman would see in this ugly piece of crap, a face like a box of frogs and probably a brain to match.[/p][/quote]That's a bit harsh on frogs. I think they're lovely. new2it
  • Score: 10

11:12am Tue 8 Jul 14

BournemouthMum says...

What a vile piece of oxygen wasting filth he is. I wonder what he'd do if confronted by a male bodybuilder - I think we all know the answer. With an ugly revolting face like that it make one wonder how on earth he would even get a girlfriend in the first place. Scum.
What a vile piece of oxygen wasting filth he is. I wonder what he'd do if confronted by a male bodybuilder - I think we all know the answer. With an ugly revolting face like that it make one wonder how on earth he would even get a girlfriend in the first place. Scum. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 9

11:39am Tue 8 Jul 14

Mejulie1967 says...

You can tell in his 'mug shot' that he thinks 'poor me'. That poor woman, injured and frightened so badly. We should release these peoples faces on exit from prison to remind people to steer clear.
You can tell in his 'mug shot' that he thinks 'poor me'. That poor woman, injured and frightened so badly. We should release these peoples faces on exit from prison to remind people to steer clear. Mejulie1967
  • Score: 6

11:57am Tue 8 Jul 14

ProudVegan says...

My god, this guy sounds like a potential murderer! I hope to god after his 5 year supervision that he's kept an extremely close eye on, would hate to read a worse outcome to his next victim in here! Surely regardless if the woman doesn't support the conviction of attempted murder the court would look at this piece of scum and decide better!
My god, this guy sounds like a potential murderer! I hope to god after his 5 year supervision that he's kept an extremely close eye on, would hate to read a worse outcome to his next victim in here! Surely regardless if the woman doesn't support the conviction of attempted murder the court would look at this piece of scum and decide better! ProudVegan
  • Score: 11

12:03pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Bryan72 says...

see you next Tuesday!!!!!!!!
see you next Tuesday!!!!!!!! Bryan72
  • Score: 5

12:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Dadof2 says...

I will never watch a Shrek Movie again the same again.
I will never watch a Shrek Movie again the same again. Dadof2
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Tue 8 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Bryan72 wrote:
see you next Tuesday!!!!!!!!
Let's hope we will only hear from through a medium
[quote][p][bold]Bryan72[/bold] wrote: see you next Tuesday!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Let's hope we will only hear from through a medium kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 6

12:21pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Gingertree says...

beaniebee wrote:
Why would she not support the prosecution??? He needs to be locked up for as long as possible because he'll just do it to some other woman when he gets out.
She didn't support the prosecution because she "loves him" And iv no doubt the stupid bint will be waiting at the prison gates for the piece of scum when he gets out
[quote][p][bold]beaniebee[/bold] wrote: Why would she not support the prosecution??? He needs to be locked up for as long as possible because he'll just do it to some other woman when he gets out.[/p][/quote]She didn't support the prosecution because she "loves him" And iv no doubt the stupid bint will be waiting at the prison gates for the piece of scum when he gets out Gingertree
  • Score: 12

12:52pm Tue 8 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

His mother must have been scarred for life giving birth to his ears...
His mother must have been scarred for life giving birth to his ears... FerryFan
  • Score: 6

1:43pm Tue 8 Jul 14

iseestupidpeople says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
What a vile piece of oxygen wasting filth he is. I wonder what he'd do if confronted by a male bodybuilder - I think we all know the answer. With an ugly revolting face like that it make one wonder how on earth he would even get a girlfriend in the first place. Scum.
Apparently she's as bad as he is. Both druggies who fight regularly.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: What a vile piece of oxygen wasting filth he is. I wonder what he'd do if confronted by a male bodybuilder - I think we all know the answer. With an ugly revolting face like that it make one wonder how on earth he would even get a girlfriend in the first place. Scum.[/p][/quote]Apparently she's as bad as he is. Both druggies who fight regularly. iseestupidpeople
  • Score: 9

3:09pm Tue 8 Jul 14

crazybird says...

His girlfriend should not have had a choice over whether to support the prosecution in attempted murder. She is obviously either too scared or too stupid to make the right decision. He should get life! Disgusting low life piece of scum!
His girlfriend should not have had a choice over whether to support the prosecution in attempted murder. She is obviously either too scared or too stupid to make the right decision. He should get life! Disgusting low life piece of scum! crazybird
  • Score: 15

5:20pm Tue 8 Jul 14

shaundk22 says...

scum of the earth i truly hope he enjoys his time in prison as im sure many fellow inmates will share our opinions of what kind of man he is
scum of the earth i truly hope he enjoys his time in prison as im sure many fellow inmates will share our opinions of what kind of man he is shaundk22
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Tue 8 Jul 14

bournemouthbell says...

he will do it again,,thats the simple truth
he will do it again,,thats the simple truth bournemouthbell
  • Score: 7

6:33pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Becca23r says...

How do you know that people do not work in west howe or high howe a lot of people work also its up to the woman what she wants at the end of the day it's her choice no one else's I know he's in the wrong at the end of the day but its her life and no one can tell someone what to do
How do you know that people do not work in west howe or high howe a lot of people work also its up to the woman what she wants at the end of the day it's her choice no one else's I know he's in the wrong at the end of the day but its her life and no one can tell someone what to do Becca23r
  • Score: -1

10:46pm Tue 8 Jul 14

rozmister says...

Becca23r wrote:
How do you know that people do not work in west howe or high howe a lot of people work also its up to the woman what she wants at the end of the day it's her choice no one else's I know he's in the wrong at the end of the day but its her life and no one can tell someone what to do
Because people in abusive relationships are failed for feeling they have a choice in their situation. Abusive partners don't just use their fists they bully their partners and destroy their self esteem so that their partners won't feel able to leave. I doubt the woman in this story feels she has much choice - life to her involves being beaten by her partner, it's normality to her.
[quote][p][bold]Becca23r[/bold] wrote: How do you know that people do not work in west howe or high howe a lot of people work also its up to the woman what she wants at the end of the day it's her choice no one else's I know he's in the wrong at the end of the day but its her life and no one can tell someone what to do[/p][/quote]Because people in abusive relationships are failed for feeling they have a choice in their situation. Abusive partners don't just use their fists they bully their partners and destroy their self esteem so that their partners won't feel able to leave. I doubt the woman in this story feels she has much choice - life to her involves being beaten by her partner, it's normality to her. rozmister
  • Score: 5

12:05am Wed 9 Jul 14

Minty Fresh says...

Cut his knackers off and send him to a jail where the boy inmates like geldings. Simple.
Cut his knackers off and send him to a jail where the boy inmates like geldings. Simple. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 3

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