Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. HOME News Royal Showbiz & TV Sport Comment Finance Travel Entertainment Life & Style UK Politics Royal US World Science Weather Weird History Nature Sunday InYourArea Nicholas Cash was sentenced in absence to eight years in prison, which he will have to serve if he ever returns to the UK from Thailand. 22:37, Fri, Aug 11, 2023 | UPDATED: 22:37, Fri, Aug 11, 2023
Nicholas Cash was sentenced to eight years in prison (Image: DORSET POLICE)
A boyfriend who flushed his partner’s rabbit down the toilet is on the run from the UK after being jailed in absentia for waging a campaign of abuse.
Nicholas Cash, 23, “emotionally and physically” abused Olivia Croft, 21, during their nine-month relationship in 2020, leaving her feeling “emotionally blunted and numb”.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard harrowing testimony from Miss Croft, who said Cash repeatedly shot at her with a BB gun and slashed her face with a piece of broken glass.
But he is yet to serve any time behind bars, despite having been sentenced for engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, two offences of occasioning actual bodily harm, one of administering a poison or noxious substance and a charge of criminal damage.
Judges ruled that he be imprisoned for eight years, but he fled the country for Thailand before his 2022 trial.
The Daily Mail has reported that Cash claimed he was too unwell to attend the trial in October and had a doctor’s note.
The court heard he showed “absolute cowardice” when, instead of standing before a judge, he fled for the Southeast Asian nation with a new partner.
He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison and will have to serve the term should he ever return to the UK.
Judge Jonathan Fuller KC convicted him after hearing testimony from Miss Croft, who said that, on one occasion, she was goaded into taking an overdose, with Cash forcing pills down her throat.
Cash fled to Thailand with his new partner, the court heard (Image: GETTY)
The care worker said he later called an ambulance and told the operator she had attempted to take her own life.
If she told the truth, the victim added, she said Cash threatened to hurt her and her family.
Over time, she became vulnerable and isolated and was constantly monitored until she found the courage to finally leave.
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He responded to the breakup by drowning one of her rabbits by flushing it down the loo and trying to paint himself as a victim during his arrest, an account police did not believe.
While handing down his sentence, Judge Fuller said: “He sought to cast himself as the victim, not the perpetrator. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Cash also received a 19-month sentence suspended for two years for offences against another victim in 2021 and will be sentenced separately for breaching the sentence and failing to attend his 2022 trial.
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