Battered woman, 36, took overdose in 'living hell' with boyfriend
Battered mother-of-three, 36, took fatal overdose after ‘evil-eyed’ boyfriend nicknamed ‘The Devil’ imprisoned her in ‘living hell’ and told her mother ‘Game Over’ as she lay dying
- Charissa Brown, 36, was found dead in Bury, Greater Manchester, on February 2
- Bobby Hardman, 33, nicknamed ‘The Devil’, had subjected her to a ‘living hell’
- Ms Brown took a lethal cocktail of drugs in her flat, Minshull Crown Court heard
- Hardman was jailed for four years after he admitted ABH and false imprisonment
A troubled woman took a fatal overdose of prescription medication after telling family she was trapped in a ‘living hell’ with a jealous and controlling boyfriend nicknamed ‘The Devil’.
Charissa Brown, 36, was found unresponsive on February 2 with toxic levels of drugs in her system after being held against her will for 24 hours and repeatedly beaten by ‘evil eyed’ Bobby Hardman.
Hardman, 33, himself had discovered the mother-of-three as she lay dying in a bathroom at their temporary flat in Bury, Cheshire.
As vain attempts were made to revive her, he contacted her mother Sue Brown and told her “Game Over”.
Later, when Mrs Brown was asked to formally identify her daughter’s body in hospital, she was shocked at seeing multiple bruises about her face and body.
Charissa Brown, 36, swallowed toxic levels of prescription drugs on February 2 after being held against her will for 24 hours and repeatedly beaten by ‘evil eyed’ Bobby Hardman
Tests established Ms Brown had died due to the drugs in her system but police inquiries revealed Hardman had bragged about his abuse in the run-up to the tragedy, telling family and friends about ‘smashing her face in’ and he told his father, ‘I broke her nose’.
He had a history of violence dating back to 2008 and had previously terrorised and beat up a former girlfriend during explosive bouts of jealousy.
Hardman, from Bury was jailed for four years at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.
In a harrowing statement, Ms Brown’s mother told the court: ‘My daughter died in horrible circumstances which made me feel sick.
‘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.’
The court heard the Brown and Hardman met last year via Facebook and he moved in with her shortly afterwards.
Bobby Hardman, 33, subjected Ms Brown to a ‘living hell’ of physical abuse and boasted to relatives, including his own father, about how he beat her up and broke her nose
But prosecutor Miss Vanessa Thomson said: ‘She 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. Charissa told her mum he had racist views and was frightened of him discovering she was of mixed race heritage.
‘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.
‘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.’
Ms Brown was found dead on February 2 in the temporary flat in Bury, Cheshire, where she lived with Hardman. Doctors found her body covered in bruises
Ms Brown’s estranged sister got in contact after hearing of her troubles – only for Hardman to send abusive texts to her. When she eventually got through to her, the victim told her he beat her every time she fielded a phone call.
She begged her sister to leave but Ms Brown said he would not let her outside their home. During the phone call, Hardman attacked her then grabbed the handset and bragged to the victim’s sister about how he broke her nose because a friend said she was ‘good-looking’.
After Ms Brown’s death, doctors found various injuries to her face and body including bruising to her jaw, lip, chin, forehead and left cheek plus a black eye and broken nose inflicted a few days before her death.
She also had bruising to her arms and legs, and abdomen consistent with being gripped, punched and kicked. As well as prescription drugs she had traces of methadone in her system.
Before entering into the relationship with Hardman, Ms Brown, also known by the surname Brown-Wellington, had recently been released from prison after serving a five-year manslaughter sentence.
Charissa Brown, 36, had recently been released from prison on a manslaughter charge before entering into a relationship with Hardman. She was handed the prison term for the killing of Philip Carter in June 2017 at Manchester Victoria station
‘My daughter died in horrible circumstances which made me feel sick.
‘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…
‘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.
‘Her teeth were out of place and her nose was broken and she looked like she had suffered in the days he had with her. I was heartbroken at seeing what he had done to her and we cannot unsee what we have seen. I have heard horror stories about what Bobby was like and yet Charissa was soft-hearted and always forgiving.
‘It breaks my heart that I could not help with her problems. His last words to me were “Game Over” and I will always be haunted by that. He is heartless and a coward. He was supposed to love her – how could he treat her so badly?
‘He is evil, pure and simple and whatever the medical reports say I will always believe in my heart that Bobby killed my daughter. If she had not been in a relationship with him she would be alive today. We will never forgive him.’
She was handed the prison term for the killing of Philip Carter in June 2017. Then aged 31, she pushed 30-year-old Mr Cater, who was a stranger to her, between two carriages of a tram at Manchester Victoria Station.
Mr Carter, from Blackley, was crushed by the tram as it pulled away and died at the scene of the incident, which a court later heard took place after the pair had a drunken row.
After, Brown-Wellington was heard to say: ‘I didn’t mean it. He got in my face. We were just play fighting.’
Upon her death, Hardman and two other men aged 52, and 61 were initially arrested on suspicion of murder. When quizzed by police he provided a pre-prepared statement claiming Charissa was abusive towards him and said any bruising to her body was ‘nothing to do with him.’ He also suggested her bruising occurred during ‘playfights.’
He had previous convictions for assault and battery dating back to 2008.
In 2018, he attacked a former girlfriend by pushing her against a shop window before using a spade to smash her living room window and forcing her to flee her home. He also attacked her with a hammer and a metal bar.
Two years later, he threatened staff at an Iceland store with a meat tenderizer hammer.
His latest offences put him in breach of a suspended sentence imposed last year for stealing a delivery driver’s van.
In mitigation, his counsel Michael Lea said: ‘He has suffered a loss himself and was extremely upset when Charissa passed away. He has mental health issues.’
Hardman who repeatedly interrupted the hearing from prison via video link will serve two-thirds of his sentence and will be on licence until 2028 under the terms of an extended sentence.
Sentencing Judge Angela Nield said he was a dangerous offender who took ‘perverse delight’ in his crimes.
She told him: ‘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 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.’
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