Ex broke my nose and jaw after celebrating new job – his sentence is laughable

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A young woman who was left with a fractured jaw and broken nose after being attacked by her ex has blasted the “laughable” suspended sentence handed to her attacker.

Social worker Robyn Howard, 23, was left bloodied and battered by her ex-boyfriend of six months, who flew into a violent rage after they had been out celebrating her new job.

She had just locked up and was heading upstairs to bed when he began to repeatedly punch and kick her in her head and body.

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Robyn tried to escape and screamed for help and eventually managed to get outside, and to the safety of her brother's house, just as the police arrived.

Worried neighbours called 999 after hearing her screams during the attack at the hands of her ex, who she has chosen not to name.

Robyn was taken to hospital by ambulance following the assault on June 3 this year, where she was told that she had suffered a fractured jaw and broken nose.

She said: "He had never even shown anger before during our six months together. The attack came completely out of the blue.

"But that night he had had far too much to drink and had in fact been quite aggressive to some lads on the train home.

"Whether he took some other substance later to make him do what he did, I don't know.

Robyn says that even if she had used Clare's Law, she would not have found any information about her ex, as he had no known previous record of violence against women.

But the nature of the attack made her believe the 30-year-old had committed a similar offence before.

Now, Robyn is urging women to report domestic abuse so perpetrators can be found on the system when it is checked by worried partners.

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She added: "It just shows what dangers can be lying dormant inside someone, especially if they have had too much to drink or had something else.

"I am going public about this because if other women are concerned that partner has an abusive past, they can ask to check under Clare's Law then they can make an informed decision about the future of their relationship.

"It wouldn't have been beneficial to me, because he had no known offences, but around 80% don't get reported so it's so important that people report it.

"I 100% think he has previous history of this, just because of how quickly it happened."

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On July 11, Robyn's attacker pleaded guilty to causing her actual bodily harm and magistrates in Manchester sentenced him to 24-week custody, suspended for two years.

He was also give a two-year restraining order, which prevents any contact with Robyn, ordered to pay £250 compensation and complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Robyn added: "The sentence was laughable really, considering what he did to me, especially the compensation.

"But at least now he will have a criminal record that any future partners could check up on.

"But he has now proved himself to be very dangerous and other women who come into his orbit need the opportunity to know that."

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Since the attack, Robyn said she has found it hard to trust men, adding: "I had my guard up anyway and that's really just secured it."

Robyn has teamed up with Wigan Borough Domestic Abuse Services to organise a fundraising event on October 15 at the DW Stadium in her hometown. You can buy tickets here.

She hopes to raise money for Target Hardening,which helps improve security at homes of domestic abuse victims, and Refuge, which provides shelter to victims.

Robyn said: "These organisations are desperately in need of extra funds. There is a lot of domestic violence but people hardly ever talk about it.

"The victims need help during a time that is so isolating and difficult and awareness needs raising of just how widespread this type of crime is."

Tickets are £25 each and include a hot meal, live music, a bingo card and a donation to charity.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247


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