Abuse survivor speaks out after boyfriend stabbed her with screwdriver

Violent thug, 21, forced his 22-year-old girlfriend to beg on the street, stabbed her with a screwdriver and beat her if she didn’t earn enough

  • Kyle Helm, 21, of Peterborough, Cambs, treated girlfriend like a slave for years
  • Violent and controlling, Helm dragged Nicole Clarges, 22, by the hair, repeatedly stabbed her with a screwdriver, and punched, strangled and stamped on her
  • He prevented Nicole from having her own bank account, phone or social media
  • A violent thug forced his girlfriend to beg on the streets, beat her when she didn’t earn enough and controlled every aspect of her life for more than four years.

    Kyle Helm, 21, of Peterborough, Cambs, treated his 22-year-old partner Nicole Clarges like a slave, dragged her by her hair and repeatedly stabbed her with a screwdriver during one terrifying attack.

    During another incident, Helm forced his girlfriend to beg for money outside and ‘punched, strangled and stamped’ on her when he deemed she hadn’t gathered enough money.  

    He also prevented Nicole from having access to a bank account, phone or social media as he sought complete control over her entire life.

    Her concerns were only raised once a good Samaritan offered to help after spotting her bruised body while she sat on the street.

    Helm was jailed for four years during a trial earlier this year, and now Nicole is sharing the details of her suffering in a bid to raise awareness of domestic abuse survivors. 

    Kyle Helm, 21, of Peterborough, Cambs forced his girlfriend to beg on the streets, beat her when she didn't earn enough and controlled every aspect of her life for more than four years

    Kyle Helm, 21, of Peterborough, Cambs forced his girlfriend to beg on the streets, beat her when she didn’t earn enough and controlled every aspect of her life for more than four years

    Nicole Clarges is sharing the details of her suffering in a bid to raise awareness of domestic abuse survivors

    Nicole Clarges is sharing the details of her suffering in a bid to raise awareness of domestic abuse survivors

    22-year-old Nicole Clarges was treated like a slave, dragged by her hair and repeatedly stabbed with a screwdriver during one terrifying attack (above)

    22-year-old Nicole Clarges was treated like a slave, dragged by her hair and repeatedly stabbed with a screwdriver during one terrifying attack (above)

    Nicole met boyfriend Kyle Helm five years ago when the pair stayed in the same hostel.

    Within weeks they started dating, but his erratic and violent behaviour began to bubble to the surface.

    In one instance, a drunk Helm punched Nicole in the face, before ‘begging for forgiveness’, Nicole said.

    His actions reached breaking point and the pair were kicked out of the hostel in 2017 – leading Nicole to sleep in a tent in a nearby field. 

    Helm was moved into a council flat and demanded Nicole join him, giving her £10-a-month to live and a phone that only accepted incoming calls. 

    During waves of attacks, Nicole told Cambridge Police officers how Helm would punish her after accusing her of sleeping with other men.

    In his twisted fits of rage, Helm would ‘grab her by the hair’ and ‘strangle’ her until she felt dizzy, using his thumbs to push down on her eyelids. 

    Nicole said: ‘Kyle was manipulative from the start. He isolated me from my friends and family and eventually made me feel worthless.

    ‘I honestly think he would have killed me one day.

    ‘I wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone. He took my bank card, giving me just £10 a month.

    ‘He spent the rest of my money on booze. He’d phone constantly, checking up on me.’

    Helm forced his girlfriend to beg for money outside and 'punched, strangled and stamped' on her when he deemed she hadn't gathered enough money

    Helm forced his girlfriend to beg for money outside and ‘punched, strangled and stamped’ on her when he deemed she hadn’t gathered enough money

    In July this year, Helm appeared at Cambridge Crown Court and admitted four counts of ABH and one count of coercive controlling behaviour

    In July this year, Helm appeared at Cambridge Crown Court and admitted four counts of ABH and one count of coercive controlling behaviour

    In October 2018, after asking a homeless man how much he earned begging, Helm forced Nicole to sit on the cold pavement in Peterborough town centre and ask strangers for money.

    Nicole says: ‘He told me not to speak to any men and stood over the road watching me for hours.

    ‘Some days I’d make £150, while others £40. And Kyle took it all.’

    When she brought home £20 one evening, Helm stabbed her with a screwdriver and battered her over the head with a vodka bottle.

    After returning to her usual spot to beg, a woman appeared and asked Nicole if she was hungry – offering to buy her clothes, food and something to drink. 

    She confided in the stranger, and then spilled all to the police – who arrested Helm.

    In July this year, Helm appeared at Cambridge Crown Court and admitted four counts of ABH and one count of coercive controlling behaviour.

    He was jailed for four years, with one year on extended licence.  

    Nicole says: ‘Now I’m rebuilding my life and reconnecting with my family.

    ‘I’ll always be grateful to my good Samaritan. She saved my life that day.’