Liverpool news Bully's sentence 'sends wrong message' to domestic violence victims MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - ECHO readers were left angered after the bully was given 'horse therapy' after repeatedly attacking his girlfriend

Liverpool news Bully's sentence 'sends wrong message' to domestic violence victims MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - ECHO readers were left angered after the bully was given 'horse therapy' after repeatedly attacking his girlfriend

Liverpool news  Bully's sentence 'sends wrong message' to domestic violence victims MetiNews.Com
30 June 2020 - 19:16

Breaking News ! A vile bully who repeatedly stamped on his girlfriend's face has caused anger among ECHO readers after he walked free. Former soldier Andrew Monks also kicked his girlfriend in the genitals and threatened to scoop out her eyeballs and torture her. The jealous 37-year-old punched his victim, ripped off her dress, stole her mobile phone, and tried to force a spoon into her mouth. Monks, of Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, has a history of domestic violence and once battered his pregnant wife just weeks after their wedding. But he walked free from court after a judge was told he was doing rehabilitation work including "equine therapy" in an effort to "regain his honour". However ECHO readers said Monk's 'lenient' sentence "sent out the wrong message to domestic violence victims". Others also believed the fact he was a former soldier should not have been used as mitigation. Read More Related Articles You can get our best stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletter Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it Donna Palmer posted: "So the fact he served his country should be taken in mitigation? He was discharged from the army 13 years ago, aged just 24. Why? Why was he discharged and why should his service be used in mitigation? Lyndsey Evans said: "Repeat offender of domestic violence but doesn't get a prison sentence absolute joke. Men like this never change. One reader who posted as Wirral1 on the ECHO website said: "I know some people who have been in the forces come out with PTSD but it shouldn't be thrown in as an excuse to escape a prison sentence." Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Yvonne Burkhill, on Facebook, expressed concern at what she suggested was a lenient sentence and questioned what this meant for victims of domestic abuse. She said: "Well this sends out the wrong message to domestic violence victims. He should have been punished appropriately!" Others were also not happy with the choice to give a man of his type of crime 'horse therapy'. Fliss Mckenzie said: "I've heard about horse therapy being used with army veterans which is excellent, but I'm thinking he's used this to get away with being a violent bully who will never change." Mark Fenerty posted: "What a joke, repeat offender with a number of previous convictions for domestic violence but dodged prison because he goes stroking some horses! Join our Liverpool court cases Facebook group We have launched a Facebook group to bring you the latest stories from court all in one place. It will feature reports from Liverpool Crown Court and cases connected to Merseyside. To join and get updates, click here. You can also follow our court reporter's Facebook page. Monks was discharged from the Army in 2007. He has domestic violence related convictions in 2007, 2013 and 2017 and breached a restraining order in 2017. Liverpool Crown Court heard the woman was woken up by drunken Monks, at her Sefton Park home, in the early hours of February 26 this year. Kyra Badman, prosecuting, said he accused her of cheating on him and punched her in the face, after which she insulted his family. Monks called the police himself and when officers arrived, they noticed his girlfriend's cheek was slightly swollen, but she didn't report any attack and no action was taken. After they left, his partner went to the toilet, but Monks walked in, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the floor. Ms Badman said: "He stamped on her face with a bare foot. She said in her police statement he seemed to enjoy her being scared." When in the living room, Monks ripped her dress so it fell to her ankles, then as she tried to put some trousers on, punched her in the ribs. Ms Badman said: "She recalls being kicked hard to the genitals." Monks removed her Fitbit watch and stole her mobile phone, then damaged her TV, pulled two canvases off the wall and took her makeup, before leaving at around 8.30am. Top news stories Brick thrown at moving bus Liverpool fan missing since Thursday Thieves steal climbing frame He returned a short time later and put his arm out to stop her leaving. Ms Badman said: "She described looking into his eyes and seeing nothing there but a blank look.

." The victim again tried to escape, but Monks closed the front door on her legs and pulled her inside. Ms Badman said: "He then told her to bite down on a spoon that he tried to force into her mouth and said he would torture her. "He threatened to break her teeth and scoop her eyes out. Follow our court reporter Neil Docking on social media Follow Neil on Twitter here You can read more of his stories here Email him on neil.docking@reachplc.com You can follow his Facebook page for all his reports from court. Or like the ECHO court cases Facebook group for the latest news, stories or updates. Sign up for our new Echo Court Files weekly email here. You'll see our other email options too. Like the ECHO Facebook page and follow @livechonews on Twitter "He then told her she wasn't a victim of domestic violence, and it's him that's the victim and it's her who drives him to behave in the way he does." The woman eventually managed to flee to a neighbour's flat, the police were called and she went to hospital. She suffered a black left eye and bruised cheek, marks to her neck and left leg, and a bruised and tender head. When arrested and interviewed by police, Monks claimed his partner had been aggressive, so he called police. Monks, who has 15 past convictions for 30 offences, said he then left and the rest of the accusations were lies. Can you help us keep Merseyside covered? He was set to stand trial, but later admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, theft and damaging property. His partner, who the ECHO has chosen not to name, provided a victim impact statement, which was "supportive" of Monks. Ms Badman said: "There was a retraction statement made in this case, in which she asserts she is now expecting Mr Monks' child and does not want a restraining order, though she does say they're not together now." She said the woman now claimed some of her words in her original police statement had been "twisted", but Monks pleaded guilty to the "full facts" of the prosecution case. Judge Garrett Byrne asked Michael O'Brien, defending, how he could suspend any sentence given Monks' "unenviable history of violence". Where to get help for problems with alcohol If you are suffering from problems with alcohol, there are many helplines which may be able to support you. Talk to FRANK You can ring FRANK anytime and speak to a friendly adviser who's professionally trained to give you straight up, unbiased information about drugs and alcohol. It’s totally confidential – we won't ask for your name or repeat your conversation with others. Freephone: 0300 123 6600 talktofrank.com Drinkline Offers advice and information for people worried about their own drinking, and support to the family and friends of people who are drinking. Helpline: 0300 123 1110 Mr O'Brien said Monks had expressed his "shame and sorrow" and "worked as hard as he ever has" on rehabilitation. This included working with military veteran addiction centre Tom Harrison House, where he undertook "equine therapy", and would now involve further rehab with The Bridge House Project, before taking up a job with Self Build Heroes. Mr O'Brien said Monks also had a sponsor with Alcoholics Anonymous for the first time. He said his partner was supportive of his rehabilitation and argued he would be a greater risk if he relapsed. Stories from Liverpool Crown Court Man chops off McDonald's customer's hand Dognapper's threats to behead pet Paedo caught with 7 blades walks free Woman licked windows at Tesco Judge Byrne concluded there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation and a reference from Self Build Heroes spoke of his "grit and determination to bring your life back on track". He handed Monks 18 months in jail, suspended for two years, and told him to attend a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and a Building Better Relationships programme. He ordered him to pay £150 in compensation to the victim and to complete 80 hours of unpaid work, adding that when doing so he should think of his partner and how she had forgiven him.

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Liverpool news Bully's sentence 'sends wrong message' to domestic violence victims MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news Bully's sentence 'sends wrong message' to domestic violence victims MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news Bully's sentence 'sends wrong message' to domestic violence victims MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news Bully's sentence 'sends wrong message' to domestic violence victims MetiNews.Com

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