A MUM who was beaten by her ex so badly her daughter, four, didn't recognise her, has spoken of her terror as her attacker is set to be released just six weeks after being sentenced.
Daniel Smith, 35, choked, battered and even bit barmaid Stacey Hobson, then 28, until she was unconscious as their little girl tragically pleaded, "Daddy, don't hit mummy".
Smith was jailed for 12 months over the attack on February 2 this year after changing his plea to guilty.
But because he had already served five months, it was knocked off his sentence and he has only ended up spending a month and a half in jail.
Terrified Stacey has hit out at his "soft" sentence.
She told The Sun: “He is out March 20. I still have nightmares. I wake up and cannot move thinking he is on top of me trying to kill me.
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“He had soft justice and got a poxy sentence."
The horrific attack happened on the night of August 8 last year after the pair had gone to a party their daughter was attending.
Stacey says she reluctantly gave Smith access to his daughter and made the mistake of going for a drink with him after the party.
After a row broke out in a pub, Smith went out and bought her a bunch of flowers he claimed was a peace offering.
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But when Stacey made it clear she wanted nothing more to do with Smith, the crazed scaffolder snapped and grabbed her by the throat before punching her repeatedly.
Stacey, now 29, said Smith knocked her unconscious and she could not remember anything for months.
'My last memory was him choking me'
“The last thing I remember was him choking me in the garden after climbing over the gate," Stacey said.
“The sentence he got was absolutely pathetic. It was horrible my daughter seeing me like that.”
Stacey suffered fractures to her eye socket, swelling to face, bite marks to her legs and lumps on her head. Her nose and face were left badly swollen and bruised.
“It was horrible when my daughter saw me the next morning she did not think it was her mummy," Stacey added.
Scared to go out
“I don't go out to take my daughter to school unless someone comes with me.
"I'm scared to answer the phone or open letters and I keep the door locked."
At the sentencing hearing, Leeds Crown Court heard how Smith had a history of violence and had already served three jail sentences on the trot before being released from prison just a few months before the attack.
Judge Khokar said: “You have seen the photographs; the manifestation of your attack is obvious from the injuries which she sustained. It may be that you would regard those injuries as minor.
"They are not because it seems she loses consciousness as a result of the last punch she received and she doesn't remember anything until the police officer arrives and speaks to her."
The judge added: “If you had any care for the child you did not show that in the course of this incident, because the child was present, both where you had been drinking together and also in the house when you carried out this attack.
“At one stage as is referred to, where you were drinking, the child was heard saying, 'Daddy, don't hit mummy.'"
The judge also noted how the victim impact statement highlighted how the child was badly affected by the incident.
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Smith was handed a 12 month sentence minus five months he had already served and the judge stated he was aware that it wouldn't be long before he was released.
He was also given an indefinite restraining order and was warned he faces another five years in jail if he broke the order.
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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