A WOMAN who was repeatedly stamped on by her boyfriend leaving her unconscious and disabled is now forced to live off benefits after having to give up her job.
Mum-of-two Abigail Blake, 42, from Knutsford, Cheshire, was brutally abused by partner of three years Sebastian Swamy, 40, back on July 27, 2017.
During Sebastian’s alcohol-fuelled rage, he stamped on her chest saying “I’ve had enough of you”, and she suffered a severed spinal cord and a punctured lung.
Abigail was battered while their baby slept in the next room, and was left permanently disabled and unable to carry out everyday tasks, such as fastening her little boy’s sleepsuits or the buttons on her eldest son’s school shirts.
Sebastian was jailed for three years and four months for grievous bodily harm, but was released after serving just six months.
Meanwhile, Abigail is now reliant on income from universal credit and her disability allowance after being left unable to carry on her job.
The former operations manager at Manchester Airport told MailOnline: “Having paid off Sebastian’s debts and sadly losing my job, my only income today is universal credit and disability.
“Mentally, I have extremely debilitating complex post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.”
Abigail admits she feels let down by the justice system and said: “The mental let alone physical impairments I now have means I'm unable to use the skills I once had within the airport."
Before Sebastian’s trial in December 2018, his lawyers had offers her a plea bargain for him to face a trial for GBH instead of GBH with intent.
He claimed he’d only attacked his partner because he had been drinking heavily on the night of the attack and was acting “out of character”.
Abi was advised to accept his plea bargain, believing Sebastian would spend a minimum of 20 months of his sentence in prison – at the very least giving her time to heal.
However, she has since been advised that the time Sebastian spent on bail wearing an electronic tag was taken into account when his custodial sentence was passed, and he was released in July after serving just six months.
Abigail said: “I was left for dead. My children could have lost their mother for a monster to serve a six month custodial. Offenders are reprimanded more for theft.
“There’s not a day, sometimes hours that don’t pass whereby I'm jumping to noises, checking over my shoulders, looking at my CCTV monitors.”
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Speaking of the attack, she told Fabulous Digital: “Barely able to breathe through the pain, I rolled onto my back to face him. But just as I did, Sebastian’s foot slammed down mercilessly onto my rib cage, and I felt all the breath drain from my body.
“I remember thinking that I was going to die right there on the bathroom floor. The agony was indescribable – like he had physically burst my heart.
“When Sebastian finally relented, he didn't call an ambulance. He disappeared with both our phones and locked himself into the third-floor bathroom. We didn't have a landline.
“In a moment of desperation, I ran for the front door, throwing it open. As I collapsed onto the driveway, I spotted two neighbours. I begged them to call an ambulance and then I blacked out.
“I had only vague memories of what had happened. But when doctors reeled off the extent of my injuries, the horrifying attack came flooding back to me like a nightmare.”
Abigail shared how she was left unable to wash herself or walk for several months after the attack, and has no sensation or feeling in her fingers.
She also began to suffer with Parkinson’s-like tremors and the most unbearable pains in her hands, arms, neck and even in feet.
Now she is speaking out on the issue of lenient sentencing in the hope of making other victims away of their rights.
I remember thinking that I was going to die right there on the bathroom floor. The agony was indescribable – like he had physically burst my heart.
She said: “It shows there are virtually no consequences for their actions. A slap on the wrist, and they are free to go. At least, that’s how it feels.
“I just hope my story will be a warning to other women experiencing the early warning signs of domestic abuse, with or without violence.
“If you don’t feel safe, please get out before it’s too late.
“You might not get the justice you deserve, but at least you’ll be free from the clutches of a monster.”
Karen Brady previously spoke about why the sickening attack on Abigail shames us all.
Meanwhile, a brave battered mum released shocking pictures of domestic abuse injuries as she penned heartbreaking open letter to other victims.
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