Mum soaked in blood mouths help after night of extreme violence from ex

A mum soaked in blood mouthed "help" after suffering through a night of "extreme violence" from her thug ex-boyfriend, a court heard.

Vicious Kevin Currie locked his "petrified" ex-girlfriend in his home in Bootle, Merseyside, before attacking her with a knife, wooden bat and metal saucepan.

The overnight ordeal featured "drowning, suffocation and strangulation", the Liverpool Echo reports.

A judge said vodka-guzzling brute Currie even threatened to "burn her children to death" before she finally managed to call police, who found her covered in blood and mouthing for help.

Currie was jailed for three years and four months before the court imposed an indefinite restraining order on him.

Recorder Daniel Prowse told Liverpool Crown Court the "worried" victim wanted to help Currie, 37, on the night of the brutal attack after he told her he was feeling suicidal and needed to see her.

The pair met in a public place on June 14 this year before Currie asked her to walk him back to his house, where he promised to call her a taxi.

Recorder Prowse said: "Once she was inside, asking you to call a taxi as you promised, you locked her in.

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"You refused to call her taxi. Instead you got angry.

"What then followed was a protracted incident of extreme violence."

Currie began punching the victim, who the Liverpool Echo decided not to name, repeatedly in the face and kicking him, before banging her head on the floor causing her to lose consciousness.

She awoke to him slapping her face before he strangled her.

Police attended the house after a neighbour heard the attack but Currie prevented the woman from calling out so the officers left, causing him to resume the attack.

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Recorder Prowse said he continued attacking her by forcing her head and face into a large pan of water.

He said: "She believed you were trying to drown her."

The judge said Currie had "used a wooden bat to repeatedly striker her on the arm" while he used a saucepan to hit her on the head.

He "tried to stab her" with a knife, but only struck her with the weapon, before dragging her around by the hair and using his hands to suffocate her.

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Recorder Prowse added: "You told her you would arrange for her home to be petrol bombed whilst her children were inside – a threat in effect to burn her children to death."

The victim eventually managed to call the police before Currie smashed her phone.

An officer banged on the door until she came to the window, and she mouthed to the policeman that she could not open the door. Her clothes were clearly covered in blood.

After being arrested Currie tried to explain the woman's litany of injuries by saying he had to restrain her because she was attacking him.

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She suffered bruises to her face, head, neck, chest, arms and back while she now has a scar to her scalp, a lump on her face and a mark under an eye.

Recorder Prowse said she could not leave her home for four weeks or see her children because of how she looked.

He said: "This was a vicious, protracted attack on a woman using multiple weapons that featured drowning, suffocation and strangulation – a woman who because of what you were doing believed, reasonably, you were going to kill her and her children and her family.

"She was left physically injured and physically scarred and the trauma of that night has extended to her children."

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Currie was initially charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, false imprisonment, threats to kill and criminal damage.

But prosecutors accepted his guilty pleas to the lesser offences of inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault causing actual bodily harm.

His previous convictions include battery against a former partner, assaults on police and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Keith Sutton, defending, said Currie's "problem with alcohol" was "the root cause" of his crimes".

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He said Currie, who has a son, needed more help to overcome these problems and was "keen in fact to do so".

Recorder Prowse said the attack was a "violation of trust" because Currie's victim had met up to help him.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.

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