A survivor of horrific domestic abuse has relived the terrifying moments her partner rounded on her in a brutal and sustained attack.
When the 32inch television screen connected with the back of Abbie Brydon’s head she screamed.
Shards of glass flew across the bedroom floor of her Manchester flat as she pleaded with her boyfriend Scott Hughes to let her live.
As she struggled to escape the enraged 27-year-old pinned her into a corner, kicked her and stamped on her head, the Manchester Evening News reported.
Blood began to turn Abbie’s blonde hair red as she began to fear her boyfriend was going to kill her.
The pair had met several months earlier in a Manchester pub.
Ignoring friends’ warnings about his chequered past, Abbie and Hughes moved in to their own flat together.
Less than a year into their relationship Abbie was hospitalised with two ‘blow out’ fractured eye sockets, nasal fractures and a face so badly bruised her own family didn’t recognise her.
In a bid to fool the jury into mistaking him as the victim, Hughes cut his throat and claimed Abbie had attacked him.
The lie proved unbelieveable and the Northern Moor, Manchester resident was found guilty of GBH with intent following the attack on March 24 last year.
He has since been sentenced to 14 years behind bars.
It later emerged that Hughes a string of convictions for violence.
“He had me fooled for a very long time,” said Abbie.
“After a few dates I had mentioned him to my friends and they warned me to stay away from him, but I just couldn’t see it – he seemed like a really nice guy.”
Cracks began to emerge in the relationship three weeks after Abbie went on a holiday to Australia with friends.
She said: “Even in the first day of the holiday I had my phone cut off because Scott had run up a £300 bill because he hadn’t stopped ringing me.
“He would constantly ask me what I was doing and who I was with.
“At the same time I was speaking to my mum back home and he was helping her walk the dog and taking her shopping so I thought, am I being too hard on him?”
By Christmas 2017 they had moved into a flat together and were getting on well.
Quickly Hughes became crippled with paranoia and jealousy, often accusing Abbie of cheating on him.
He once flew into a fit of rage when Abbie accepted a lift home from a male colleague rather than walking in the snow.
The 28-year-old continued: “After a month or so living together, Scott just completely changed.
“Even when we were out with Scott’s friends, he would accuse them of flirting with me.”
On the day of the attack – a Friday – Abbie worked a late shift and then headed home, where she and Hughes had planned to have drinks.
When she got there she discovered an “absolutely wasted” boyfriend who she thought had taken drugs.
An argument erupted and Hughes went to a house party, leaving Abbie to fall asleep on the sofa.
When he was brought home by a mutual friend some time later the argument broke out again.
As soon as the guy left Scott just flew into another one of his rages,” she said.
“I told him I had had enough and that I couldn’t go on like this anymore so I went upstairs to begin packing a suitcase.”
Moments later, Abbie was curled up in a ball on the bedroom floor trying to escape the excruciating pain she felt coming from her head.
“He picked up my 32inch flat screen and smashed it over the back of my head,” Abbie recalled.
The enraged man launched a flurry of punches at Abbie, poured paint on her, kicked her in the head and pulled a wardrobe over her.
In an attempt to ‘dispose of the evidence,’ Hughes forced Abbie into the shower before assaulting her again.
Pausing from the beating Hughes took a butter knife and ran it across his throat in an attempt to inflict superficial wounds that would make the attack look like self defence.
He resumed the attack as Abbie ran for the door, pushing her down the stairs and stamping on her again.
“I pleaded with him to stop because I knew in that moment if he didn’t he was going to kill me,” she said.
“Nobody should ever have to plead for their life.”
Her terrifying ordeal only came to an end when Abbie managed to open the front door and scream for help, alerting neighbours to the house.
When Abbie’s brother and best friend later visited her in hospital they walked straight past her bed, so unrecognisable had she become since the attack.
Abbie says she was unable to work for three months after the assault due to the severity of her injuries and her extreme anxiety.
“The nightmares are the worst bit,” Abbie said.
“I have insomnia because I’m scared to sleep knowing that I’ll wake up in a sweat having relived what he did to me.”
Abbie pressed charges against Hughes and vowed to see the case through to trial, where she was forced to testify against him and relive her traumatic ordeal.
“I don’t want people to think they can’t get justice,” said Abbie.
“I couldn’t have it on my conscience that if I didn’t speak up he could have killed someone else, because he so nearly killed me.
“Even though going through the trial was the hardest thing I have ever done it was the best thing I did because now I know he can’t do it to anybody else.”