A volunteer from St. John Ambulance was beaten up and her arm was broken by her possessive boyfriend after she posted a selfie in uniform.
Niamh Brett, 28, was accused by Adam Miller of being ‘selfish’ and putting him and their baby at risk of becoming ‘infected’ with the coronavirus after seeing the post on her Facebook.
During the attack, Miller, 30, told her not to take her dream job before grabbing her left arm and putting it behind her back until the bone broke.
When the victim recoiled in agony, he said to her, “Let’s see you volunteer now with a broken arm!”
Miss Brett, from Reddish, near Stockport, Greater Manchester, was initially too scared to report Miller and initially claimed she sustained her injury from falling down the stairs.
Niamh Brett, 28, was beaten up and her arm broken by possessive boyfriend Adam Miller, 30, after accusing her of putting him and their baby at risk for coronavirus through her work as a volunteer at St. John Ambulance
She has had a plate and screws in her arm and now has an obvious scar and had to take two months off. She said to the police, ‘I wish I had never met him. He ruined my life. ‘
Miller pleaded guilty to alternate charges on Tuesday of causing unintentional serious bodily harm and assault at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.
The court heard that Miss Brett, who had two other children from a previous relationship, had started her relationship with Miller in October 2017, but that it would be “ turbulent and compelling ” and that he was violent towards her.
In one incident, he accused her of being ‘too slow’ to answer the front door for him and of ‘kicking and punching her, she crawled across the floor’.
Prosecutor Lisa Boocock said: “Miss Brett tried to realize her dream of working for the St. John’s Ambulance and started doing so on November 18, 2020.
After breaking her arm, Miller said to Mrs. Brett, “Let’s see you volunteer now with a broken arm!”
That led to her getting a photo on Facebook in her uniform, which made him very angry. The defendant made his feelings very clear, did not approve and thought she was putting their young baby in danger because he thinks she could infect him with Covid.
He said she was selfish and he texted her at work. She kept receiving it all day and then he called her and said, “If I get you, I’m going to smash your face. You don’t work there.”
The day after, in the afternoon, the defendant was home and told Miss Brett that he said, ‘You didn’t tell me you put up pictures of you working at St. John’s.’
He then started beating himself and this caused Miss Brett real fear. He said, “Do you think I’m a fool?” and she lay down on the ground and braced herself for the attack.
The defendant said he was going to break her arm and he took her left arm and put it behind her back, breaking her bones.
“He said,” Let’s see you volunteer with a broken arm now! ” She did not have the courage to tell her father what had happened and when she was taken to the hospital she said she fell down the stairs.
Unfortunately, the fracture was a closed fracture that moved in a few days and went back to the hospital for surgery.
‘She has had a plate and screws put in her arm and will be rehabilitating her arm for the next 12 months. The medical records state that there is a prominent scar.
Ms. Brett had to get a plate and screws in her arm and now has a noticeable scar and had to take two months off. She said to the police, ‘I wish I had never met him. He ruined my life ‘
She (Brett) is afraid to go to her own bedroom because it brings flashbacks. She says the defendant was emotionally and physically abused and the scar is very prominent and she cannot wear T-shirts in the summer.
She said it was the worst night of her life, and it will stay with her forever and the physical pain was excruciating. She was told at one point that she would not be able to use her arm and that she had to take two months off from work because she had flashbacks.
“She is very concerned that he will attack her again and come and kill her. She thinks about his threats every day. ‘
Miller, from Chinley, Derbyshire, fled after the attack and texted Miss Brett saying, “Listen, you think you can do this to me. Did your arm teach you nothing? ‘
Miller pleaded guilty to alternate charges of causing unintentional serious bodily harm and assault at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Tuesday (stock photo)
He was later arrested after a public appeal, but denied breaking her arm, claiming she should have done it herself. He had 15 previous offenses on his record, including a 2011 conviction for another ex-girlfriend plus harassment.
In mitigating defense, Brendan O’Leary blamed Miller’s tantrums for being “ pushed aside ” by the education system as a child.
Mr. O’Leary added: ‘He is clearly someone who has significant problems with other people, especially his partners.
There is genuine remorse for what happened. He was worried that Miss Brett and his son would catch Covid. I understand that when you work in a hospital setting where there are increased risks, but if you take all precautions in the hospital, it will not affect families.
“With Mr. Miller, he can’t logically process such information, so he treats it as a threat — that Miss Brett may catch Covid and that his son may catch it too.”
Miller has pleaded guilty to one count of causing unintentional serious bodily harm and one time of assault.
He is expected to be sentenced in June after drafting reports.