Independence man is accused of handcuffing and beating his girlfriend for days

A registered sex offender was charged Tuesday with handcuffing his girlfriend in his Independence home, where he allegedly beat her, burned her and put a gun in her mouth over four days.

Prosecutors requested that Cornelius Coleman be held on a $250,000 cash bond.

According to court records, Coleman, 32, struck the woman about 12 times with a belt, attempted to choke her with the same belt, hit her about five times with a separate studded belt, burned her with a methamphetamine pipe and placed a gun in her mouth. Coleman also allegedly restrained her with handcuffs and forced her to urinate on herself.

An officer who was called to investigate a domestic assault at Coleman’s home in the 8800 block of East Smart Avenue on Sunday found the 38-year-old woman, who said her boyfriend had assaulted her in an attack that started Thursday. The woman’s 19-year-old son also told investigators that he once saw his mother handcuffed to a basement railing.

Authorities took the woman to a hospital, where a nurse found contusions, abrasions, lacerations and burns all over her body, including injuries to her wrist where she said she had been handcuffed.

Coleman had fled before police arrived, but they soon arrested him.

He is charged with kidnapping, two counts of first-degree domestic assault, two counts of second-degree domestic assault and three counts of armed criminal action. He also has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

Coleman is listed in the Missouri sexual offender registry after pleading guilty in 2003 to statutory rape.