TV woman jailed for violent attacks on fiancé

A WOMAN who bullied her fiancé into appearing with her on TV's Jeremy Kyle Show was yesterday jailed for seven years for violently attacking him.

During their "bizarre" relationship, Michelle Williamson poured two kettles of boiling water onto Ian McNicholl's lap, burned him with steam from an iron and hit him with a metal bar and hammer.

Judge John Reddihough told Williamson, from Grimsby: "You destroyed him mentally, seriously harmed him physically, leaving him with physical and mental scars."

While on TV Williamson, who was described by the judge as a "compulsive liar", falsely accused Mr McNicholl of having a long-term addiction to prostitutes.

But all the time, ex-prostitute Williamson, 34, was repeatedly violently assaulting financial consultant Mr McNicholl to the point that he tried to commit suicide.

The jury at Grimsby Crown Court found Williamson guilty of two offences of grievous bodily harm with intent and three of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The two most serious offences involved her deliberately scalding Mr McNicholl, 46, with a steam iron and assaulting him with a metal bar and hammer.

She also admitted assault by twice pouring boiling water from a kettle onto his lap.

Jurors were shown a clip of the couple's appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show in August, 2007.

Assistant producer Andrew Hill said that Williamson contacted the programme and said she wanted their help over Mr McNicholl visiting prostitutes.

He denied her claims that he had visited brothels for 12 years and said he had only used prostitutes a few times during a break in their relationship.

But, as the producer talked with Mr McNicholl before the show, he dropped his trousers and pants to his knees, showing severe burns and blistering over his genitals and legs.

It was clear the wounds had not been treated and it was arranged that Mr McNicholl would go to hospital after the show.

After the couple's appearance, the show arranged for anger management counselling for Williamson and general counselling for the complainant.

Richard Butters, for Williamson, said she maintained her innocence despite the jury's verdicts and had no previous convictions for violence.