‘I was crumpled in a heap screaming, unable to move’

Domestic abuse victim Louise Conyers pictured, Leeds..SH10013007f..26th February 2015 Picture by Simon Hulme

Domestic abuse victim Louise Conyers pictured, Leeds..SH10013007f..26th February 2015 Picture by Simon Hulme

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A DOMESTIC abuse victim who was mown down by her abusive boyfriend has spoken of her relief at seeing him jailed over the horrific attack.

Louise Conyers, 22, told the YEP: “I just think he is scum for what he has done and the things he put me through.”

“I can’t believe anyone could be so cruel.

“They say love is blind and I was stupid for putting up with the way he treated me. I hope I can slowly put my life back together now that he is in prison for a long time.”

Steven Conner, 28, was given an 11-year sentence this week after a jury heard he followed Louise along a street before mounting the pavement and ploughing into her.

Conner carried out the attack on Viaduct Road, Kirkstall, in July last year after the couple had rowed at his home in Armley.

Louise was walking back to her home in Hyde Park when the British Gas worker jumped into his car and used it as a weapon against her.

Recalling the ordeal, Louise said: “I can remember it clearly. I was looking down at my phone, sending a text message, and the next thing there was a huge bang and I was crumpled in a heap on the floor, screaming and unable to move.” Louise suffered a broken leg and horrific cuts and bruises as she was trapped between the vehicle and a wall. Conner stayed at the scene and pretended not to know who Louise was.

He was arrested when police arrived and she told them Conner was her boyfriend.

She added: “It was so cold and callous the way he behaved. He refused to comment on anything right up until the trial and then told a pack of lies to try and save himself.”

The attack took place seven months into a relationship during which Louise described how Conner became increasingly volatile and aggressive towards her after drinking and taking class A drugs. She said: “When I was first introduced to him things were really good, I thought he was clever and a really nice person. But people didn’t see a side to him that I did. He took cocaine almost every day.

“He would always think he was better than me and everyone else. He could become very aggressive and once held a knife to my throat when we argued.

“I realise now that I should have done something about the relationship then. But, as they say, love is blind.”

Louise is now hoping to start a new career as a self-employed mobile nail technician. She also plans to continue to work as a drug support worker.

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