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Breaking News ! A vile bully who kicked his girlfriend in the genitals was spared jail after undertaking horse therapy to tackle his problems. Former soldier Andrew Monks repeatedly stamped on his terrified partner's face, then 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". 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. Andrew Monks, 37, of Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park (Image: Liverpool Echo) 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." Read More Related Articles Trials resume at Liverpool Crown Court Read More Related Articles Vile coronavirus threats made by disgusting crooks 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. 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. "He then punched her repeatedly to the head, before stamping on her face about three to four times." 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. "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. He was set to stand trial, but later admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, theft and damaging property. Top news stories Teen falsely accused of firework stunt Arrests after drugs cock up Woman finishes wine at car crash scene Mum finds daughter's "last wish" 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. Monks was discharged from the Army in 2007.
. Judge Garrett Byrne asked Michael O'Brien, defending, how he could suspend any sentence given Monks' "unenviable history of violence".
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Mr O'Brien said Monks had done "everything he can", including writing a letter expressing his "shame and sorrow". He said Monks had "worked as hard as he ever has" on rehabilitation and the fact he served his country was also mitigation. The lawyer said Monks had engaged with military veteran addiction centre Tom Harrison House, which wrote a letter praising his sincere commitment. He said Monks would now work with The Bridge House Project to tackle his addiction and had a reference and job opportunity from Self Build Heroes. Mr O'Brien said Monks suffered from anxiety, depression and PTSD, but for the first time had a sponsor with Alcoholics Anonymous. He said his partner was supportive of his rehabilitation and argued he would be a greater risk if he relapsed.
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Mr O'Brien said the Tom Harrison House course was more intensive than any Monks had done before, adding: "He has undertaken equine therapy." Asked what this was, Mr O'Brien replied: "Looking after old and veteran horses effectively. There seems to be some kind of connection between war veterans and old horses." The lawyer invited a representative of Tom Harrison House to address the judge, who confirmed Monks had undertaken a new "much more challenging" course. She said it demanded "an awful lot", including participants "bravely" analysing their childhood and past behaviour, in order to "regain their honour". Asked about the equine therapy, she said: "The horses are usually rescued horses and in a sense they are rescued in the same way as people coming to the Tom Harrison House are rescued themselves. "They have had very difficult backgrounds so pairing our clients with horses gives the opportunity for our clients to access appropriate levels of compassion, support and helpfulness to another sentient creature."
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She added: "Due to the sensitivity of the horses they very much end up with people who reflect the same kind of personality as they do... "They help to build trust, support approaches to each other, and do help each other to begin to recognise the world is not such a frightening place." Judge Byrne said Monks carried out "an appalling crime" and "sustained and vicious assault", telling him: "You threatened to remove her eyes." Can you help us keep Merseyside covered? He said it was aggravated by his past domestic violence, but said he thought there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation. The judge accepted Monks had shown remorse and insight into his behaviour, adding that he was grateful to the representative "for her comments and for her very helpful and supportive letter, which speaks to your genuine commitment to rehabilitation".
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He told Monks that a reference from Self Build Heroes also "speaks of your grit and determination to bring your life back on track". Judge Byrne 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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