Domestic Abuse – no laughing matter
There has been much written about domestic violence and, most recently, we have heard that Dennis Waterman had “punched and slapped” his ex-wife Rula Lenska during their marriage, giving the pathetic excuse that ‘It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her’.
Too often though, we forget about the men who are abused by their female partners and this is no less of a crime.
Violence is about control and whoever is the perpetrator needs to have that control taken away, as happened today when a woman called Tiffany Baillie was jailed for 3 years after stabbing her partner, Gregory Todd, in the back after a night out drinking. She had admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent at a previous hearing.
So why did Mr Todd bring an engagement ring to court with him today? Well apparently he was hopeful the Judge would allow Baillie to walk free.
Despite suffering serious injuries, including damage to his colon, a kidney and his pancreas, after Baillie plunged a kitchen knife into his back, probably while he was asleep on a bed, emergency surgery and 3 months in hospital, this poor deluded individual now wants to marry his attacker!
One can only hope that over the next few years while she is safely locked away at Her Majesty’s Pleasure, Mr Todd can be persuaded to smell the coffee and make for the hills!