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Thug jailed for 18 months after beating up his girlfriend and bragging about the social media love life

An abuser who left his girlfriend with two black eyes after beating her twice within six hours boasted on social media that he “loved life” when police wanted to arrest him.

31-year-old Dale Burgess of Oldham, Lancashire, had punched Caroline Ashwick around the face ten times before stamping on her, in an attack so ferocious she was afraid she would die.

Later that same day, February 10, he accompanied her to a driver’s license near their home in Stockport before grabbing her by the throat, calling her a “bastard” and choking her until she passed out.

But when Miss Ashwick had photos taken of her injuries by the police, Burgess posted two messages on Facebook blaming her for the attack.

Caroline Ashwick, pictured with the injuries sustained by now ex-boyfriend Dale Burgess, in Stockport, February 10, 2020

Caroline Ashwick, pictured with the injuries sustained by now ex-boyfriend Dale Burgess, in Stockport, February 10, 2020

He wrote, “I can’t let everyone listen to me, but that’s not all I remember and she let me go b ****.”

The attacks took place after Burgess burst into anger at texts he found on Miss Ashwick’s phone.

A second message said, “Say what you want about me. She took drugs and drank. I wanted to be better for her and I’m not like that, so go away. The third read, “Haha, live a loving life.” He was arrested a week later.

In a statement to the police, Miss Ashwick, who works for a software development company, said, “I was afraid and feared for my life. At one point I thought I might have died and I felt so dizzy and scared and confused.

Dale Burgess, 31, a brute who left his girlfriend Caroline Ashwick with two black eyes after beating her up twice in six hours and now in prison for 18 months

Dale Burgess, 31, a brute who left his girlfriend Caroline Ashwick with two black eyes after beating her up twice in six hours and now in prison for 18 months

Dale Burgess, 31, a brute who left his girlfriend Caroline Ashwick with two black eyes after beating her up twice in six hours and now in prison for 18 months

“During the time I spent with him, I lost family, friends and almost my job, and sometimes felt suicidal. He destroyed my life. ‘

Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Burgess, Oldham, was convicted of assault and was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. The court heard that the couple had been dating for a year and were living together in Stockport.

He wrote, “I can’t let everyone listen to me, but that’s not all I remember and she let me go b ****.”

Prosecutor Philip Hall said, “The defendant took her to the bathroom and read texts on her cell phone. She was scared and then he started attacking her repeatedly, and she received numerous hard blows to her face.

Both her eyes were swollen, she was bruised and fell to the floor. She was punched in the legs and the defendant pressed her knees repeatedly. She received ten hard knocks and blows. ‘

“There were spots on her head, bruises and swelling on her eyes and above her arms and legs. Later in the evening around 6:30 PM they took a short walk to a driver’s license, but she was too scared to walk next to him and followed him.

Burgess was already detained for five years in 2014 after he was convicted of armed robbery

Burgess was already detained for five years in 2014 after he was convicted of armed robbery

Burgess was already detained for five years in 2014 after he was convicted of armed robbery

The victim was severely bruised, but the defendant told the shop owner that she was a “whore.” She said she didn’t want to come home with him because she didn’t feel safe. The owner tried to support her and tried to get the defendant to leave the store.

The shop owner tried to calm the suspect down for about 45 minutes while he was aggressive and threatening to her. The defendant said he had a knife and the owner eventually withdrew. He put his arm around the victim and dragged her to the door.

The defendant held her by the throat with great force. She passed out and ended up urinating. CCTV shows how he falls her and her on the floor. She tried to wrestle away from him, but he had her arm around her neck a second time and pulled her out again.

“A man stopped at the store and tried to help her, after which she had purple eyes and missed teeth. She eventually escaped him and took refuge in a nearby restaurant. She was in great pain, had bruises and swelling on her face, legs and arms, and damage to her front tooth that is now missing.

Miss Ashwick, who works at a software development company, said, “I was scared and afraid of my life. At one point I thought I might have died and I felt so dizzy. ‘

The defendant was interviewed on February 18 and told that he had been at his home address, that he had been drinking and claimed that she had come up to him and tried to hit him. He said he had left his house and when he returned the victim said she went to the store for more alcohol.

He claimed he was following her because he was concerned about her well-being. He denied that he had caused injuries and claimed they had been caused by a drug dealer. “

Burgess was already detained for five years in 2014 after he was convicted of armed robbery. Defense attorney Vanessa Thompson said, “The relationship was unhealthy on both sides. There were problems with control and dependence, and I was in a toxic relationship.

“The attack was violent and disturbing, but the defendant repents. At the time of the violation, he suffered from ADHD, borderline personality disorder, learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression.

“These courts see many people who have been convicted of domestic violence and then return without having learned their lesson. He is not one of those people. He accepts that he needs to deal better with his relationships and conflicts. He is not a man who wants to leave prison and stagger back into a toxic relationship with this complainant. He accepts that the relationship is over. ‘

Judge Mark Savill told Burgess to his verdict: “You had a casual relationship with her and on the day in question you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs and behaved in a difficult and abusive manner. You completely lost control and started what was a ferocious attack on her. You used both hands and put your back hand on her face. I have seen the injuries and they are quite terrible.

Miss Ashwick said she was “suicidal” during points of her relationship with Burgess

“She landed on the floor and you hit her and stamped her knees over her. She was terrified and thought she could die in the attack. You left her in a terrible situation. Then you went to your local store around 6:30 PM and got involved in what was a very, very ugly and violent incident.

“You told the shopkeeper you had a knife. You attacked your partner, dragged her to the door and lifted her by her feet. I’m sorry to say she passed out and peed herself. You then dragged her by the body and dragged her out of the shop door. A citizen intervened shortly afterwards. Her face was swollen and bruised, and her front tooth was damaged.

“I am willing to accept that you have ADHD, a borderline personality disorder and learning difficulties, as well as anxiety and depression. However, you have lost your patience. I note with concern that you pose a serious risk of harm to the victim. I am not sure if there is a realistic perspective on rehabilitation and you pose a risk to the public. These were brutal attacks. ‘

After the social media posts, Burgess was branded as ‘vermin’ and ‘scumbag’ by the victim’s friends.

Danielle Wright said, “She gave up on her all her life and you did this to her.” Stacey Moore said, “Did she make you do it? No mate, you chose to do that to a vulnerable woman who did nothing but love you. I like the sound of karma coming up. ‘

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