A victim of domestic violence has revealed that her violent ex has drilled a corkscrew in her neck and hit her with a plank of wood in a shocking drunken attack.
Luke Dowdle, 43, used scissors, two knives, and a plank of wood with a three-inch nail attached to defeat Helen Midgley-Bryant, 53, in a horrific attack on her home in Bournemouth five years ago.
The villain caused injuries to every part of her body – too many for experts to count – and left her with a head wound so deep that her skull was visible.
Neighbors heard screams when Dowdle tortured Mrs. Midgley-Bryant and when the police arrived at her home, they found a & # 39; scene of destruction & # 39; covered with blood.
Helen Midgley-Bryant (photo) was beaten with scissors, two knives and a plank of wood with a three-inch nail attached in a horrific attack in Bournemouth five years ago
Dowdle was arrested for attempted murder, but agreed to be found guilty of serious bodily harm and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
But five years later, Midgley-Bryant – who still has speech problems due to her injuries – was warned that he could be released early December.
Mrs. Midgley-Bryant said: “He hurt me not only but other women he has been with.
& # 39; He is released conditionally after serving less than half of his sentence. How is that correct? He is clearly a threat to women.
& # 39; I could have died. The municipality had to thoroughly clean my house twice because they could not remove the stains. Those 20 minutes have changed my life forever.
& # 39; I can't open my jaw properly, so I can hardly talk. Not only do I still have the scars, I also have severe paranoia. Mentally I have to keep checking if someone is behind me, but physically I can't because I can't move my neck to the left.
Her ex-partner Luke Dowdle caused injuries to every part of her body – too many for experts to count – and a head wound so deep that her skull was visible (Photo: Mrs. Midgley-Bryant after the attack)
& # 39; I'm just not doing anything anymore. He completely ruined me. And soon he can walk through the streets again and take revenge. & # 39;
Mrs. Midgley-Bryant first met neighbor Dowdle in June 2011 when he was hanging around her house and she invited him inside to watch an Everton match on TV.
The pair quickly became a pair, but she claims it & # 39; from start to finish & # 39; was violent.
Dowdle had already been imprisoned because he had dragged another ex to an open balcony on the second floor and said to her: & # 39; You are approaching you & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I had seen him on the estate before, but I didn't really know him. I invited him to watch a football match and it started a bit from & # 39 ;, said Midgley-Bryant.
Mrs. Midgley-Bryant got a swollen black eye and lots of scratches and bruises on her face as a result of the attack
& # 39; The entire relationship was violent from start to finish to be honest. I lived in constant fear. I could not escape him. He was just very compelling and controlling.
& # 39; He told me he would come for me if I ever sniffed. He told me he buried a crossbow somewhere in the forest. The only way I could escape would be if he was behind bars. & # 39;
The couple had an 18-month turbulent relationship before Dowdle returned from a four-day New Year's luggage confused with anger, she said.
She said: & # 39; He came in and thought there was a man in the house. He threw me at the coffee table, but I thought he was just hanging around.
& # 39; Then after two minutes I realized how serious this all was. I fought for my absolute life. I don't remember much about it, but I remember that I had to jump out of the living room window to escape.
Dowdle (photo) was arrested for attempted murder, but agreed to be found guilty of serious bodily harm
& # 39; Although I was two floors higher, I knew there was a trampoline in my neighbor's garden. But I was just completely stuck. He kept dragging me up and down through broken glass.
& # 39; I remember opening my eyes and seeing bloody footprints lying on the floor from where he kept stamping my head.
& # 39; He was so paranoid that he always kept a plank of wood with a nail at the door in case someone broke into it. He used that to beat it over my head. That has exposed my skull. & # 39;
The police found Mrs. Midgley-Bryant lying in a pool of blood after concerned neighbors raised the alarm when they heard a woman calling for help.
A court heard that when officers entered the building the victim – whose hair was soaked with blood and her clothes were bleeding – shouted; & # 39; He did this. He tried to kill me & # 39 ;.
She was rushed to Poole Hospital after a wound of two and a half centimeters deep on her head, revealing her skull, where she stayed for two and a half weeks.
Mrs. Midgley-Bryant would also have a gaping wound in her neck and at least 80 stab wounds all over her body.
& # 39; I remember waking up on this plate in the corner of the hospital. I didn't think I'd wake up. I just didn't think I'd survive it, & she said.
The subsequent Bournemouth Crown Court case heard that almost no part of her body was harmed in the attack.
Mrs. Midgley-Bryant – who still suffers from speech problems due to her injuries – has been warned that Dowdle can be released early December
The victim was rushed to Poole Hospital after a wound of two and a half centimeters deep on her head (left)
Kerry Maylin continued and said: & # 39; The victim's hair was strewn with blood and her clothes stained with blood. The walls were heavily stained with blood, also in the hallway and in the bathroom.
The police pulled two knives, a broken pair of scissors, the knife from a knife, a plank of wood and a corkscrew from the house.
According to police, Mrs. Midgley-Bryant said: & he did this. He tried to kill me when they entered the grounds.
Dowdle was originally accused of attempted murder, but after he pleaded guilty, his indictment dropped to serious bodily harm on purpose.
Judge Samuel Wiggs said that Dowdle a & # 39; high risk & # 39; was for women with whom he has a relationship.
& # 39; I have seen photos of the flat where the attack took place and it is no exaggeration to say that it is covered with blood and a scene of destruction, & # 39; he said.
Pictured: the nail in Mrs. Midgley-Bryant's home in Bournemouth, where Dowdle hit her
Mrs. Midgley-Bryant has now launched a petition calling for minimal punishment for those attacking their partners at home
& # 39; It is impossible to calculate how many injuries there are. & # 39;
Dowdle was instructed to spend eight years behind bars, with a five-year extension in which he will be accompanied.
But the authorities have since told Helen that her attacker will be eligible for conditional release in December 2019, after five years behind bars.
Mrs. Midgley-Bryant now has one petition Call for minimal punishment for those who attack their partners at home.
She has PTSD and attends weekly counseling sessions because of the attack.
& # 39; I'm just terrified. He will be free within a few weeks. He also beat up a previous girlfriend. This is the kind of person that he is, & she said.
& # 39; I get flashbacks every day. I haven't left my house in five years. It was just really frightening. I don't even do this for me.
& # 39; I think the entire system should be viewed. A woman's life can change dramatically. He just sees it as throwing a few punches, spending a few years behind bars, and then he's looking for revenge again.
& # 39; I am a survivor, not a victim. That's why I want to help others. & # 39;
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