An abuser who slashed his girlfriend before tearing out her stitches with his teeth has been jailed for four years over assaulting her "on a daily basis" .
Euan Walker, 27, carried out a horrific campaign of domestic abuse on Antonia Gillespie, which included physical attacks, holding her head under while she was having a bath and shoving her face into dog faeces.
Walker admitted assaulting Antonia and directing an abusive course of conduct against her between May 2018 and July last year, as reported by the Daily Record.
A brave Antonia, 21, took to Facebook to encourage others to report if they are going through similar experiences.
She wrote: “He did not win – I’m a survivor, not a victim, and hopefully no woman will go through what I went through with him.
“Please remember, if you are going through something similar you are not alone.
“Report it, as it gets better. I’m here and living to tell the story that it does.”
Walker, who was previously jailed for assaulting her in 2019, was sentenced to a Hamilton Sheriff Court where details of his campaign of abuse were made known.
The court heard how Walker has bit Antonia repeatedly including once on the nose to pull out her nose ring.
The results of his attacks required Antonia to get hospital several times and she was once given an advice card by nurses who suspected she was the victim of domestic abuse.
Jennifer Cunningham, prosecuting, said: “The accused found the card then punched her repeatedly on the face.
“His pet dog was so distressed by this that it defecated on the living room floor.
“Walker forced his girlfriend’s face into the excrement, held her up to a mirror and said ‘Look at you. What a state you’re in.’ “
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Antonia had stitches put in her hand after being slashed by Walker with broken glass. He tore out the stitches with his teeth the following day.
The attacks occurred in multiple places including Hamilton and Uddingston, Lanarkshire, and at the holiday home of Walker’s parents in Portpatrick, Wigtownshire.
Walker continued to hound her after their relationship had ended even after being handed a non-harassment order.
When she dumped him, he posted a sexually explicit picture of her on Facebook with the words: “If I can’t have you no one can.”
Walker admitted to police he was trying to destroy her relationship with a new partner.
He also admitted to abusive behaviour towards a previous girlfriend in 2011 and 2012.
While jailing him, Sheriff Andrew McIntyre said: “The charges disclose a concerted and relentless campaign of abuse against two women. It involved repeated acts of serious violence, controlling behaviour and numerous offences that harmed, degraded and humiliated these women.
“It’s abuse of the most serious kind to be prosecuted in the sheriff court. It’s plain that you represent a serious danger to the public, particularly women with whom you form a relationship.”
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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