British woman Sarm Heslop’s boyfriend and the last person believed to have seen her alive before she went missing was previously arrested for domestic violence after allegedly breaking his ex wife’s teeth.
American yachtsman Captain Ryan Bane, 44, was arrested in 2011 and charged with simple assault against his then-wife Cori Stevenson, according to Crime Online.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Stevenson’s fiance detailed how Bane allegedly broke her teeth during one violent confrontation.
‘He must have beat her up 100 times while they were together,’ fiance Ralph Carpenter told DailyMail.com.
Court records show Bane was jailed for 21 days in 2011 after leaving her bloodied and with a chipped tooth following a row.
Stevenson, 43, told police in Oakland County, near Detroit in Michigan, that she was dragged out of their truck before having her head slammed into the ground in the night-time attack.
And, she told police, her husband had been violent before. The police report said: ‘She states that Ryan has been becoming increasingly verbally abusive toward her, and that he has been physically abusive one time previously.
‘She states that this incident happened about six months ago, that the incident went unreported, and that it caused her to miss multiple days of work with marks to her face.’
British woman Sarm Heslop, 41, vanished while on board her American boyfriend Ryan Bane’s 47ft yacht moored in the Virgin Islands on March 7. The couple are pictured together with his dog Hunter
Bane (left) was arrested in 2011 and charged with simple assault against his then-wife Cori Stevenson (right), according to Crime Online
Bane and Stevenson met in Michigan and she says that his demeanor completely changed after their 2008 wedding. She said she ended their honeymoon early because she feared for her safety.
The couple divorced in 2014 and Bane moved to the Caribbean in 2015.
In 2011, Bane attacked Stevenson after the pair attended a wedding party and argued on the way home, according to a police report.
The report added: ‘Ryan continually got frustrated with her asking for directions while he was trying to sleep.’ When they got home at 5am, ‘Ryan grabbed her and dragged her out of the truck,’ officers wrote.
‘Ryan grabbed her in the dining room, threw her to the ground, and smashed her head in to the floor, chipping one of her teeth.’
Police said there were clear signs of a struggle, noting that Stevenson’s ‘right tooth had a chip out of it, her right ear lobe was bloody and scratched, her right shoulder and side of her neck showed red scratches…’.
Bane was taken to police cells before appearing in court charged with domestic violence. Despite having told officers he was ‘defending himself’, he pleaded guilty and was jailed for 21 days.
In 2013 he was jailed again, for ten days, for violating his two-year probation. He had been ordered not to contact his wife.
Stevenson now says that she is communicating with the Virgin Islands police about Bane’s past and has provided authorities with court documents related to their marriage and divorce.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Stevenson and her new fiance Carpenter say that they suspect foul play in Heslop’s disappearance.
The couple said that Bane’s father has flown to the Virgin Islands to be with his son.
Stevenson and her new fiance Ralph Carpenter (pictured together left) tell DailyMail.com that they suspect foul play in Heslop’s disappearance (right)
On Sunday March 7, Heslop vanished from Bane’s 47ft yacht, the Siren Song, moored off the coast of St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and hasn’t been seen since.
According to Bane, the couple had been for dinner in a restaurant, leaving at 10pm in line with the local Covid curfew and taking their dinghy back to the vessel, anchored 120ft from secluded Frank Bay.
They went to sleep, Bane says, and when he woke at 2am after his yacht’s anchor alarm sounded, Heslop had gone.
Bane called the Coast Guard’s San Juan station reporting that ‘his girlfriend may have fallen’ from the yacht.
Police searching for the missing 41-year-old from Southampton, England have been scouring land and sea off the island of St John, where the yacht was moored.
But the officers have been stopped from stepping foot on the Siren Song by Bane who is not cooperating.
Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) spokesman Toby Derima said officers had performed an ‘initial land search’, adding on the BBC: ‘Soon after reporting Ms Heslop missing, Mr Bane acquired the services of an attorney.
‘Upon his attorney’s advice, Mr Bane exercised his constitutional right to remain silent and denied officers’ requests to search the vessel.’
It has been widely reported that Bane, who is still on board Siren Song, waited almost ten hours to report his girlfriend missing.
His lawyer, David Cattie, has said this is ‘categorically false’ and that, in fact, Ryan called the police at 2.30am after discovering she had disappeared.
Police searching for the missing 41-year-old from Southampton, England have been scouring land and sea off the island of St John, where the yacht was moored
A search of land and sea was undereway by the police and an army of local volunteers. Their efforts have dredged up no discoveries as to Sarm’s whereabouts. Pictured is the Siren Song catamaran
But while Heslop’s friends have launched desperate appeals for information, Bane has yet to speak publicly about her, save for a brief statement that was released through his lawyer.
‘Mr Bane’s only hope is that Sarm is found alive and well,’ it read.
‘His thoughts and prayers are with Sarm and her family… Mr Bane has spent countless hours searching for Sarm, and will continue to do so. Ryan is devastated that Sarm is missing.’
This comes as a friend of Heslop’s in the UK said they were told that her phone, passport and belongings had all been left behind on the yacht.
The friend added: ‘We would like to thank all the local community for their support in searching for Sarm both on water and land.
‘They have been so amazing but we urge them not to give up until she is found or we have more information.’
Heslop’s friends insist they are not ‘pointing fingers’ at Bane but are calling on the American, who moved to the Caribbean in 2015, ‘to provide as many details as possible’
She was on board the Siren Song with American yachtsman, Captain Ryan Bane. He has yet to speak publicly about her, except for a brief statement that was released through his lawyer
Heslop’s friends insist they are not ‘pointing fingers’ at Bane but are calling on the American, who moved to the Caribbean in 2015, ‘to provide as many details as possible’.
Heslop is described as a slim woman with a southern English accent and a tattoo on her left shoulder.
Police spokesman Toby Derima said: ‘Divers from various law enforcement agencies have searched hundreds of square feet of water for Heslop.
Volunteers from the Virgin Islands have also scoured the area around Cruz Bay during daylight hours, police said.