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Girlfriend tortured before she died.

Byline: STEVE EVANS

A BRUTAL Nuneaton man who tortured his girlfriend with a blowtorch and a pair of pliers before she died has admitted a charge of manslaughter.

Andrew Dexter, 32, of Coleshill Road, Chapel End, appeared before a judge at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

He also admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent as a result of the blowtorch incident, and assaulting her with the pliers, causing her actual bodily harm.

Mr Justice James Hunt adjourned the case until some time in the new year, to allow him to study the papers more fully, and he remanded Dexter in custody.

The court was told that Dexter was a brutal man with a history of violence towards his partners. The incidents which led to the death of Sharon Franklin in May had chillingly echoed one of his earlier offences.

He tortured Miss Franklin with a blowtorch, burning her feet and legs, and used the pair of pliers on her nose.

Miss Franklin had also suffered fractures to her ribs and other injuries to her head and body, including a collapsed lung.

On the day she died, Miss Franklin had been grabbed round the throat by Dexter, who, despite knowing she had difficulty breathing because of the collapsed lung, threw her to the floor - and she never got up.

The court was told that in 1996, Dexter was jailed for four years for assaulting two of his girlfriends.

Prosecutor Michael Garrett said: "He has an uncontrollable temper and it takes little or nothing to make him lose it, to act spitefully and then afterwards to carry on as if nothing had happened."
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