In an initial statement to police the victim, 34, from Lees, said: 'I thought I was going to die - I didn't think the punches would stop. Peter needs help. His alcohol intake and drugs has had an effect on him and I cannot trust him no more (sic) and I am living in fear of what he will do next.
'I'm carrying his baby and there will always be a part of him in my life. I've offered him help but he's hasn't accepted any and he's getting worse. I cannot explain how scary it is. It is dangerous him being around me and it could escalate further. I don't want him in my life anymore.'Seems fairly cut and dried to me. What changed her mind? The usual 'I can change him' that these idiots tell themselves?
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Dougal of Egerton Street, Oldham, wept as he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
But he was given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after Miss Hough told prosecutors she wanted to rekindle her relationship and for Dougal to play an active part in their child's life.Or its death?
The court heard the couple, who knew each since they were teenagers, began dating in 2017 but the relationship was stormy with police being called out on two occasions following arguments between them.And the judge, a woman, no less (remember when we were told more women needed to be judges to 'balance things'..?) appears to have utterly disregarded that:
Sentencing Judge Tina Landale told him: 'You assaulted her when she was pregnant and despite her telling you to leave. Even after she attempted to defend herself you continued to punch her and she suffered a distressing looking injury to her face,
'The attack occurred in her own home where she should feel safe and protected. You were drunk and she was in early pregnancy. I accept you are truly remorseful and this offence is very much out of character for you.'How so, when there's a history of it?