Brute jailed for dropping TV on partner then slashing his throat to frame her

Brute jailed for dropping TV on partner then slashing his throat to frame her

April 16, 2019

An enraged man slashed his own throat in a bid to frame his ex-girlfriend after savagely beating her.

Scott Hughes left Abbie Brydon with multiple injuries after he repeatedly stamped on her head, dropped a TV set on her and poured paint on her body as she tried to break up with him.

As the victim lay badly injured on the floor of their shared apartment, Hughes cut his neck with a knife in a bid to claim he had acted in self defence.

As he did he told Miss Brydon: "I'm going to tell people this was what you have done to me."

The victim was left with bruising to her face, two 'blow out' fractured eye sockets and a nasal fracture so severe her best friend was unable to recognise her during a visit to hospital.

While Miss Brydon's physical wounds have largely healed, the mental scars run deep.

She said: "Whilst I may have since recovered medically, I am now seeking counselling as a consequence of the assault.

"I was unable to work for three months after the assault due to the severity of the injuries and my extreme anxiety."

Hughes, from Northern Moor in Manchester, has a string of previous convictions for violence, including a 2013 grievous bodily harm that earned him a six year prison sentence.

At Manchester Crown Court he was found guilty of inflicting GBH with intent upon Miss Bydon and was jailed for 14 years.

Hughes protested his innocence throughout the trail and claimed he had acted in self defence when the victim came at him with a knife.

As he was led away from the dock he shouted: "This is bulls..t – a load of bulls..t!"

Judge Patrick Field QC told him: "This was not self defence, this was an act of a despicable, dishonest and devious man.

"Throughout this relationship you behaved in a jealous and controlling manner and this behaviour turned to extreme violence."

Before Hughes attacked his ex-girlfriend on March 24 she had been chatting with a friend in their shared flat about a mutual friend's previous partner.

As he passed Miss Brydon whispered: "Don't tell him what we've just talked about".

An argument broke out and Hughes, who mistakenly thought he was being spoken about, followed Miss Hughes into their bedroom after the friend left.

As she was packing her bags he went for her, punching and kicking her face, throwing a flat screen TV at her and pouring a can of paint all over her.

Hughes then attempting the clean the evidence off Miss Brydon in the shower, before pinning her in the corner and stamping on her head as she attempted to leave a second time.

At this point the jealous 27-year-old grabbed a knife and cut his own neck.

Judger Field continued: "Throughout the attack you were abusive and continued to degrade and humiliate her.

"It is unclear how long she was subject to this ordeal in the flat, but this was not a short duration and went on for some hours.

"In an attempt to establish self defence you inflicted superficial wounds on your neck with a knife.

"You then persisted throughout the trial on the fact that Abbie had attacked you with a knife and you struck her a few times to defend yourself. That was a lie.

"Doctors have concluded that many injuries inflicted by you upon her were sustained and forceful and were perpetrated by you."

The judge highlighted Hughes' history of violent offending and accused him of failing to take responsibility for his inability to control his temper.

He added: "Such was the ferocity of the attack upon her, this was aggravated by your previous convictions.

"Your behaviour during the attack was such to humiliate her. There is a risk that you are dangerous due to the prolonged and extreme violence involved in this offence.

"Your record recalls a serious of violent offences. There is a high risk of reoffending."

Gemma Maxwell, mitigating, said: "These are not the most serious injuries that the courts have ever seen, but they are serious in the context of the offence.

"He himself had suffered from domestic violence committed by the complainant including punching and kicking whilst on the ground.

"I am never suggesting that this defendant was at risk because of the complainant. This was something to do with the 'slow burn' effect.

"Their relationship had for some time, a happy secure relationship. Whilst he doesn't agree with everything that was said in evidence, there is genuine remorse. He doesn't accept all of the allegations before him.

"He accepts he was responsible for those injuries which he is shocked and deeply sorry."

Hughes was also issued with an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting Miss Brydon.

He will be on licence until 2037 following his release from jail under the terms of an extended sentence.

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