Vegan criminal brutally attacks his girlfriend with a vinegar bottle because she ‘smelled like BACON’
A woman has spoken out about the abuse she suffered from her vegan boyfriend after attacking her with a vinegar bottle for ‘smelling bacon’.
22-year-old Christopher Ellam lashed out at his four-year-old girlfriend, Bethany Smith, 23, when she came home from work at a café that “smelled of meat.”
The strict vegan had banned his partner from eating animal products and, paranoid after coming back with the smell on her clothes, he mistreated her with a vinegar bottle calling her a ‘greasy disgusting b ****’.
Ellam was so controlled, Bethany claims, that he arranged what she could watch on TV and would kick off if he didn’t like how she watched men on the shows.
Bethany Smith, 23, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, was attacked and abused by her four-year-old boyfriend Christopher Ellam, 22, when she came home from work at a cafe that smelled of meat.
Ellam was so controlled, Bethany claims he arranged what she could watch on TV and would start if he didn’t like how she watched men on the shows
He even destroyed her clothes – damaging a black and red lace dress Beth had bought for her birthday, two pairs of shoes and a vest – by cutting it up.
Bethany eventually gathered the courage to report the abuse to the police and Ellam was arrested.
At Kirklees Magistrates Court, Ellam pleaded guilty to assault, two counts of criminal damage, and the sending of indecent or grossly insulting messages for the purpose of causing fear or distress.
Despite nightmares and fear, she said she is relieved that he is now out of her life.
Bethany from Halifax, West Yorkshire, who is not currently working, said, “I thought Christopher loved me, but he tried to control almost every aspect of my life.
At Kirklees Magistrates Court, Ellam pleaded guilty to assault, two counts of criminal damage and the sending of indecent or seriously offensive messages for the purpose of causing fear or distress
“I never wanted to be a vegan or even a vegetarian, but he made me feel like I had to be.
“After he attacked me for smelling bacon – when I was helping in my stepfather’s cafe – I knew enough was enough. I’m just relieved he’s out of my life. ‘
Bethany and Christopher started out as friends.
Bethany said, “When I got into a fight with my group of friends, he was a shoulder to cry on and was there when I felt I had no one else. It was not long before our friendship turned into something more. Christopher was thoughtful, funny, and charming.
“Because my family was not overly enthusiastic about Christopher, he didn’t feel very welcome at my house – and refused to come over for tea. He wasn’t a fan of it either and would kick them on any occasion. ‘
Bethany said, “I thought Christopher loved me, but he tried to control almost every aspect of my life. I never wanted to be a vegan or even a vegetarian, but he made me feel like I had to be ‘
But six months after the relationship, Bethany noticed a change in her boyfriend’s behavior.
He became paranoid and controlling. When I wasn’t with him, he demanded to know where I was and who I was with, “she said.
“He didn’t want me to leave his side and threatened to commit suicide, so I felt I had no choice but to stay with him all the time.”
In 2015, Christopher decided to go vegan by removing meat and animal products from his diet, she claims.
Bethany said, “He totally got the idea. He bluntly told me, “If you don’t go vegan, I’ll break up with you.”
“When we visited our girlfriend one afternoon, she asked if I wanted a snack and gave me some cheese and onion chips.
“I felt Christopher’s eyes burn in me, but I didn’t know why until later.
“He asked me why I ate them – and told me they had cheese flavor and I shouldn’t have taken them because I was vegan. It hadn’t even clicked.
“The chips were not worth my abuse, so I vowed not to touch them again.”
But Bethany claims things didn’t go from bad to worse until then.
She said, “If I watched TV at home, Christopher would dictate what I could and wouldn’t watch.
“He got jealous and angry that I watched ‘men’ on TV – like a topless Channing Tatum in an ad for Magic Mike Live. It was ridiculous.
“The idea that I would like someone else – even a celebrity – would put Christopher in a stinking mood.
“There was nothing I could do without fear of wrong footing.”
Bethany was relieved to leave the flat they shared in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire to go to work at her stepfather Jamie’s cafe in Halifax, eight miles away.
‘During the week I helped by doing the waitress, doing the dishes, serving the cash register and serving customers. I enjoyed the job, interacting with people and it gave me some time away from Christopher.
“But when I got home from a service one night, Christopher was furious. He snapped and told me I “smelled like meat”.
“I assured him it was because I had been eating around the cafe all day, but he got a nasty rant.
“He pulled me into the bathroom by my hair and forced me to take a shower. He called me a “fat, disgusting b ****”.
“Christopher wanted me to stop working, but I couldn’t because it was our only source of income. He had no job – he was so withdrawn that he barely left the flat.
The next morning I got up to go to the cafe, but Christopher was still annoyed. He asked me to stay in the flat with him because he didn’t want me to come back “stinking of meat.”
“I told him I couldn’t because I had to make some money to pay our rent and bills.
“In anger, he picked up a black and red lace dress I bought for my birthday and started destroying it. I begged him not to do that, but it was not good.
“He took the glass bottle of vinegar from the side and hit me on the side of the head with it. He hit and kicked me in a vicious attack.
“I dropped to the floor and curled up into a ball with a pillow covering my face to try to protect it, but it didn’t stop Christopher from hitting.”
In the end, Christopher and Bethany managed to get up and run out of the flat and escape him.
She said, “The brutal beating was the last straw. After four years of abuse, I returned to my mother’s house.
“My face was swollen and bruised, and when she asked what happened, it all poured out. I had to undergo hospital tests because of the injuries sustained by Christopher.
“I had bumps in the back of my mind, but was told they were hematomas and would eventually go down. ‘
Ellam was later arrested and charged. In November 2019, he appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrates sentenced him to a community sentence, including the 33-day Building Better Relationships program, which included 10 rehabilitation days and 200 hours of unpaid work.
Christopher was ordered to pay damages of £ 500, £ 85 court costs and £ 85 victim levy.
Magistrates imposed a two-year restraining order on him that prohibited him from contacting Bethany or going to her house.
Mohammed Arif, soothing, said that his client had psychological problems after being bullied at school and that the couple “shouldn’t have met in the first place.”
He said he apologized.
After the statement, Bethany said, “I was relieved when he was convicted and was happy that if he got a new partner in the future, they could look up what he did.
“I want to urge others in a fleeting relationship to try to find a way out so they don’t go through what I’ve done. He ruined my life. I try to continue, but my confidence in people is gone and I no longer have any confidence. ‘