Tormented mother-of-three fatally overdoses after living in hell with 'Devil'
CHESHIRE, ENGLAND: A tormented woman took a lethal dose of prescription medication after telling her family she was stuck in a 'living hell' with a controlling and jealous boyfriend nicknamed ''The Devil''. Charissa Brown, 36, was discovered unconscious with toxic concentrations of drugs in her system on February 2 after being held against her will for 24 hours and repeatedly beaten by ''evil-eyed'' Bobby Hardman.
Bobby Hardman, 33, found the dying mother-of-three in a bathroom at their temporary home in Bury, Cheshire. As futile attempts to resuscitate her were made, he called her mother, Sue Brown, and told her, "Game Over." Charissa Brown's mother Sue was shocked to see multiple bruises on her face and body when she was asked to formally identify her daughter's body in the hospital. Recently in a harrowing statement, Sue revealed Brown's circumstances that made her kill herself. "My daughter died in horrible circumstances which made me feel sick", she said, DailyMail reported. According to the court, Brown and Hardman met on Facebook last year and moved in together shortly after.
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''Charissa was loved by everyone and meant the world to us all and losing her initially made me feel as though I didn't want to be here - but her children need me now'', Sue told the court. "I will never forget seeing her at the hospital where I had to say goodbye to my girl. It did not look like her. The Charissa I remember was always so well turned out and yet the Charissa I identified was covered in bruises from head to toe", she added.
However, prosecutor Miss Vanessa Thomson said, ''She [Brown] saw less of her family after he came on the scene and her teenage daughter witnessed many arguments. He was jealous and controlling of Charissa and didn't like her having male friends on Facebook. Brown told her mum he had racist views and was frightened of him discovering she was of mixed race heritage".
Thomson added, "He was violent with her and in one incident she had been in a pub with Bobby and his father and a man said "hello" to her, The defendant then became jealous and pulled her hair and a third party had to intervene". "Charissa was encouraged to go back to her family but she wouldn't leave him. Eventually, he found out the family was of mixed race heritage and his shouting and aggression went up a notch. 'In a phone call, Ms Brown told her mother she was 'living in hell' and said Bobby had battered" her," Thomson further added.
''The defendant's father Michael phoned him and could hear his own son being abusive to Charissa in the background. He heard him say to her: 'Shut your f…ing mouth or I will do you in - and it's your family's fault.' Hardman then confessed to his father that he had smashed Charissa's face and broken her nose'', Thomson said.
Tests found that Brown died as a result of the drugs in her system, but police investigations revealed that Hardman had boasted about his domestic abuse. He had a history of violence that dated back to 2008, and he had previously terrorized and beaten up a former girlfriend during explosive jealousy fits. Hardman, of Bury, was sentenced to four years in prison at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court after pleading guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and false imprisonment this year in February.
In June 2017, Brown was sentenced to prison for the murder of Philip Carter. Then, at the age of 31, she pushed Cater, a stranger to her, between two carriages of a tram at Manchester Victoria Station. Carter, of Blackley, was crushed by the tram as it pulled away, and he died at the scene. Hardman also had previous convictions of assault and battery.
In defense, Hardman's attorney Michael Lea said in court, ''He [Hardman] has suffered a loss himself and was extremely upset when Charissa passed away. He suffers from mental illness.'' Hardman, who repeatedly disrupted the hearing from behind bars via video link, will serve two-thirds of his sentence and will be released on parole in 2028 under the terms of a suspended sentence. Sentencing Judge Angela Nield said he was a dangerous offender who took ''perverse delight'' in his crimes.
Judge Angela Nield said, ''It is of little comfort to her family who loved Charissa dearly that her ending premature and tragic as it was, occurred in circumstances when she was subjected to violence and fear for the last few days of her life. It's difficult to comprehend the fear and pain that must have accompanied her''.
''Her mother not only had to endure the trauma of identifying her daughter but also witness the dreadful state she was left in. It was the last time she would ever be able to see her. Few could fail to have been moved by her statement which she bravely read to this court," the judge added.