Horrific four-hour domestic abuse attack left a woman with flashbacks and panic attacks

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A vulnerable woman was subjected to a terrifying four-hour ordeal of violence and abuse by her jealous partner, a court has heard.

Luke Davies repeatedly butted, slapped and throttled the woman, and at one point pulled her head back and placed a knife into her mouth and throat.

The 22-year-old threatened to kill the woman and members of her family, telling her: “Don’t think I won’t do it.”

Swansea Crown Court heard that when arrested Davies gave a no comment interview to police but was “fidgeting, stretching, yawning and laughing” when the allegations were put to him.

The court heard the victim was left battered and bruised both physically and emotionally by the experience.

Sophie Hill, prosecuting, said the incident took place in the early hours of June 11 this year after the defendant returned to west Wales from seeing his father in Cardiff.

She said he called at the woman’s home address and “insisted” he be let in – he then proceeded to check all the rooms and cupboards because he believed there may be a man in the property.

When he found nobody at the address he “lunged” at his partner and began when the prosecutor called a “prolonged assault”.

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The court heard that over the next four hours he repeatedly choked, slapped, and butted his victim, and verbally abused her.

At one point he asked if she wanted him to kill her, and asked her why she was letting him do what he was doing.

He then ripped her top off and called her a “f****** skank”.

Miss Hill said Davies later dragged the woman into the kitchen, grabbed a 10in long knife, and made a cutting motion across her neck – causing a small laceration – while telling her: “Don’t think I wouldn’t do it.”

He then stood behind his victim, pulled her head back so she was looking up and the ceiling, and inserted the blade into her mouth.

The prosecutor said the victim could feel the knife in her throat, and was terrified of swallowing.

Davies subsequently took pictures of the injuries he had inflected on the woman and sent them to his father.

Miss Hill said Davies stayed with the woman the following day and she reported he was “doting” on her.

The next day police went to the victim’s house on an unrelated matter and she told them about what had happened.

The prosecutor said in his subsequent police interview Davies answered no comment to most of the questions but officers noted that when the allegations were put to him he was “fidgeting, stretching, yawning and laughing”.

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The victim suffered “multiple” bruises to her face and body in the attack, as well as the cut to her throat.

In a statement read to court, the woman said she was suffering with flashback and panic attacks and the incident had led to a deterioration in her mental health.

She said she was mentally and physically exhausted.

But she added that she felt the incident was all her fault and felt guilty because Davies had been held in prison on remand awaiting his court appearance.

Davies, of London Road, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, had previously pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and to making threats to kill when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

He has no previous convictions.

Stuart John, for Davies, described the offending as an “extremely ugly and horrific incident” for which his client “feels genuine remorse and self-loathing”.

He said: “The defendant is grateful the physical injuries are ones that will heal, albeit acknowledging the psychological injuries are much greater.”

The advocate said Davies had read books on anger management during his months on remand in prison, adding: “He is a young man who is not without hope, and the possibility of change.”

Recorder Nicholas Gareth Jones said he believed Davies had been “very, very jealous” of what he thought may have been going on behind his back in the property when he launched the “vicious and sustained attack” upon his vulnerable victim.

He said the incident was too serious to be dealt with any other way than by immediate prison.

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Giving him credit for his guilty pleas he sentenced Davies to 18 months for the ABH and to 40 months for making threats to kill – the sentences will run concurrently making an overall sentence of 40 months. The defendant will serve half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

Davies was also made the subject of a five year restraining order banning him from contacting his ex-partner.



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