Man faked cancer battle to stop girlfriend dumping him over ‘sexual urges’

An abusive boyfriend who faked a battle with cancer to stop his girlfriend dumping him over his sexual desires has been jailed.

Kevin Bevis, 38, assaulted his partner and threatened to kill her over the course of their three year relationship that started in 2016.

He suddenly became "ill" when his girlfriend, Karen Gregory, was put off by his repeated requests to go swinging.

Bevis, from Sittingbourne in Kent, admitted controlling or coercive behaviour charges at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.

He has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

The deceitful partner lied to his 50-year-old girlfriend to stop her walking out on him.

He even asked her to travel with him to a hospital for fake treatment.

And the dad-of-three, who worked for Gravesend Borough Council housing department, managed to convince her friends to sponsor him in a cancer charity run.

Miss Gregory, from West Malling in Kent, said: "I just took his word for it. He was with me when I lost my auntie to cancer, how can anyone lie about such a thing?

"It's hard because people on the outside think 'how can you be so stupid?' but he went to such lengths."

Bevis would swallow 20 pills a day as part of the act.

And he would be chauffeured by his girlfriend to "chemotherapy appointments" where he would insist on going in alone.

Miss Gregory said: "He would say he didn't want me seeing him like that. I would pick him up and he would come out with bandages and tell me all about the nurses there.

"He would have the medication, a box of pills, throughout the day.

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"I found out they were just vitamins and supplements. I found a big bag of tablets hidden in the shed when I was clearing out his things."

Ms Gregory even helped Bevis walk with a cane when he claimed he was too weak to stand.

He kept the act up when she wasn’t around – pretending to faint in front of neighbours.

The pair initially met on Facebook after Miss Gregory saw pictures of Bevis doing a charity walk.

But three months into their relationship, Miss Gregory wanted to break things off over Bevis "sexual urges”.

She said: "He wanted to do swinging but I'm not into all that, so I thought it would be a problem. But he insisted he would never make me do any of that."

The mum-of-three had just started spending a lot more time with her daughter and believes Bevis wanted more attention.

And then all of a sudden, he diagnosed himself with stomach cancer.

Miss Gregory said: "I was speechless. He said 'aren't you going to give me a cuddle?' And then the cancer got worse and worse."

She travelled up to Guy's St Thomas' Hospital in London under the impression that Bevis could "see a consultant".

He would stop her coming in and return with bandages around his wrists.

Bevis charade knew no bounds as he purposefully stopped eating as much and used the cancer as an excuse not to cook.

The manipulator even told his parents he was dying.

Miss Gregory said: "I was standing next to him as he broke the news to his mum and dad.

"If he can lie like that to his parents, you have got to believe it."

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Bevis pretended his health was getting worse, first saying he also had mouth cancer and later a brain tumour and he would die in two years.

At this point, Miss Gregory felt unable to leave him and began booking special experiences and nights away to make his last days better.

She said: "How can you leave someone who is dying? I thought I would try and make it the best I could for him.

"I did love him but I wasn't madly in love with him. A friend used to say to me, 'you don't love him, you care for him.'"

Her friends even paid for a hot air balloon trip and she started making a memory box full of photos for his mum to keep when Bevis died.

And he was physically abusive as well as being a master manipulator.

Bevis repeatedly assaulted Miss Gregory, each time pinning her down and wrapping his hands around her throat.

The last time he said "I could kill you, I've got nothing to live for" in reference to the cancer.

He later blamed his violence on the steroids he claimed to be taking as part of his treatment.

The act came to an end in December 2019, when Miss Gregory asked the police about her partner's background under Claire's Law and encouraged by her daughter.

In a meeting, she told the police he was violent and Bevis was arrested the next day.

He admitted to lying about his illnesses after police looked through his medical records and Miss Gregory was told of the deceit on the phone.

Bevis was handed an 18-month prison sentence and a five-year restraining order to keep away from Miss Gregory at Maidstone Crown Court.

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