Domestic violence victim Louise Conyers has spoken out after her boyfriend of just six months mowed her down in his car.
Described by court doctors as “displaying psychopathic traits”, Steven Conners was sentenced to six years in prison.
Within two months the call centre worker persuaded her to download the ‘Find my phone’ app to both their phones so he could keep track of her .
Louise, from Leeds, West Yorkshire said: “I thought at first he was just being sweet and was quite flattered by how attentive he was. It made a change from other blokes I’d been out with who were the other extreme and didn’t really show me that much love.”
The 23 year old beauty student met Conners, then 27, at a house party in January, 2014.
Her typical type was rugged and burly so when geeky Conners started chatting her up she was surprised at their instant spark.
She said: “There was just something about him. He was so clean cut looking. He was very sweet and quiet – the complete opposite of what I normally went for.
“And because I’d been so let down in the past by the more rugged bad boy types, I was attracted to Steven, who seemed like a genuinely nice lad.”
After swapping numbers ‘gentle’ Conners asked her out for a drink and they began dating.
She said: “At first, we’d go out for the odd drink, meet at parties of friends we both knew, or curl up on the sofa at my flat and listen to music or watch DVDs.”
But within two months he went from buying her presents to trying to control her.
She said: “Quite quickly, what I’d taken for being really caring and loving, took a bit of a turn. Steven wanted to know where I was all of the time. He’d text or call me dozens of times a day.
“I wasn’t used to it. I’ve always been fiercely independent and a bit of a free spirit. I wasn’t used to someone wanting to control me.
“But I tried to mellow a little and hoped that with time Steven would become reassured that I would always be loyal to him and that he could trust me.”
Connors began bombarding the student with questions about the men she was speaking to on Facebook, so to ease his mind, she gave him her password. She had nothing to hide.
Louise, a student, said: “I’ve always been very open, have no secrets and nothing to hide. So I was more than happy for Steven to flick through my Facebook.
“There was loads of blokes on there, but they were just mates and there was nothing sexual in it.”
Still unsatisfied, Connors suggested putting trackers on their phones. Convinced it was his way of keeping them both safe, Louise went along with the plan.
In May 2014, five months after couple started dating, Connors suddenly appeared on her girl’s night out . Claiming he wanted to surprise her, Louise was flattered until it happened again the next month.
Louise said: “The first time, I was flattered and thought it was sweet that he wanted to be with me. But when it happened again, I got really annoyed.
She said: “I was just having a girly night with a mate, having a few glasses of wine and watching DVD’s when Steven appeared. I refused to talk to him and my pal told him to go home.”
Her friends called him clingy but when they were alone, Louise says her boyfriend was thoughtful and caring.
Louise explained: “Steven was like a different when it was just the two of us. He was the perfect boyfriend. He would shower me with complements and was so tactile and attentive. In many ways I’d never felt so loved.”
Then in June after a house party, he attacked her, angry she had been chatting to other blokes.
Louise recalls: “Steven just suddenly flipped. It was like the jealous monster he was trying to suppress suddenly burst out.
“We had a huge row and he pushed me down onto the bed. I was really stunned. Steven had never hurt me in the past and I wasn’t sure how to react. So I just turned over in bed and fell asleep.”
Quickly calming down he said sorry and fell asleep.
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But two weeks later he was raging with jealously over Facebook again.
“For a couple of weeks, Steven was very sheepish and back to his old self. I assumed he’d realised how stupid he had been and accepted I would never do anything to hurt him,” recalls Louise.
“But then every time he saw me on Facebook, he demanded to know who I was talking to and what we were chatting about.
“If I went out with the girls, he wanted to know exactly who and were we were going and what time I would be home.
“It was beginning to drive me insane. There was part of me that really liked Steven, but another part that was getting really fed up of his jealous ways.
“One night he turned up at my mates house – he’d obviously used the phone tracker to work out where I was. I was livid. I wouldn’t go to the door and my friend told him to go away.
“But it really irritated me, and after I left my mate’s house, I wanted to talk to him, make him understand he couldn’t carry on behaving like this otherwise we would be finished,’ says Louise.
“So I jumped in a taxi and went to his house.”
But ignoring her calls and refusing to let her in she threw a stone through his car windscreen out of anger.
“Steven sent me a text saying he wasn’t at home, but I didn’t believe him. His car was outside and he rarely went anywhere without it.
“I was livid. He’d harassed me all night and was now playing silly games. Frustrated and angry I picked up a stone and threw it at his car. I immediately regressed it – feeling stupid, so I text Steven and said I was going home.”
Immediately feeling guilty- she text to explain as she left.
But suddenly a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into her.
“I heard a car speed up behind me. Before I even had chance to turn round, I felt this almighty thud and was flown into the air,” recalls Louise.
Her head bounced off the window screen and she was flung into the air and crashed into a wall.
“When I landed I felt sick and dizzy. My whole body ached. I looked up and saw that car. I recognised the registration plate straightaway – it was Steven’s. I couldn’t believe he had done this to me,” she says.
Instead of speeding off he tried to claim he didn’t know her to a witness that had rushed to her aid.
“Another driver had called the police and rushed over to me to check how I was. Steven appeared by my side to looking all concerned but denied he knew me at all,’ said Louise.
“I was trying to explain he was my boyfriend, but he was denying it.”
Steven was arrested on the spot and Louise was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.
“When the police arrived, I told them the same, and Steven was instantly arrested and I was taken to hospital,’ said Louise.
She had a badly broken leg, a bump to her leg and was covered in cuts and bruises.
Louise said: “I was in a mess for weeks. I relied on friends helping me.I either stayed with them or they came to my flat with food as I couldn’t get out to go shopping.
“Everytime I closed my eyes I had flashbacks and couldn’t believe that nice quite shy boy I’d fallen for had hurt me so badly.”
Conners pleaded guilty to GBH at Leeds Crown Court in February and sentenced to six years in prison and banned from driving for five years.
“It was the sentence Steven deserved. He has to understand you can’t do that. You can’t try and control someone and then hurt them when you don’t get your own way.
“I hope he gets the help he obviously needs and never comes near me again, or hurts another woman. He has to learn to control that jealous side he as.”
With the help of domestic violence service- Holt- Louise was granted an indefinite restraining order.
Louise says: “Steven seemed so sweet. He was geeky, thin and wore glasses. He was so gentle and generous too.
“Within two months he bought me roses and a silver necklace. But buying me possessions, quickly turned to try to possess me.
“Once he was arrested, he was released on bail and I spent the whole time living on the edge. I had horrendous flashbacks but refused to give evidence behind a screen in court.
“I wanted him to face me and be ashamed. I had nothing to be ashamed of- he did.
“But when he said during the trail that he still loved me- it made my skin crawl.
“Although I got justice I am still wary of going out. But I know, I am lucky to be alive.”