Police have revealed pictures of the brutal attack suffered by a woman who had her head smashed into the wall and by speakers by her ex-lover Paul Hopkins. Despite the physical and psychological trauma she experienced, the woman says she still loves him.
Sabrina, who lives in Oxfordshire, feared for her life as her partner raised a stereo speaker to smash on her skull after a six-hour attack.
She recalls: “I screamed at him. I said, ‘Please stop, you’re going to kill me’. He said: ‘I don’t care, I don’t care, because I hate you.’
“I’ve never been so frightened and I honestly thought I was going to die. I thought he was going to kill me.
“I can’t even begin to explain what it felt like, it’s almost resigning yourself to the fact that, ‘This is it, you’re going to die, that’s it I’m going to die’.
“And then I got to the point when he was beating me that I just thought please let this be the last one so that it does kill me and it stops, I don’t want to feel it any more.”
In the midst of it all, she managed to dial 999, and hid the phone under the pillow with the hope that the police will understand and they did. They raced to the house minutes later wearing body-worn cameras and what they saw shocked them.
“If the police hadn’t come when they did, he would have done, he was still going then.”
She tells them: “This is where he’s had me on the bed and smashed my head in, that’s my blood there and there’s a hand print where I’ve tried to drag myself away.
“There’s a few spots of it on the bottom bit there, there’s blood all sprayed up the wall , there’s spots everywhere.”
The man was later sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for actual body harm, but served just a year in prison.
Sabrina says she still loves him. “I thought I was going to hate him but I don’t. I still love him. My world turned upside down. Him not being here feels weird, I can’t get used to it and my mind still remembers the nice parts of him . it’s weird. It’s like Jekyll and Hyde.”