Man hammers fiancée with baseball bat and pours boiling water on her for getting card from male colleague
A man has been sentenced after he beat his fiancée with a wooden bat, machete handle, and a stick before pouring boiling water on her to clean up her blood leaving her writhing in pain. The incident reportedly happened on November 26, 2019, after an argument ensued between the couple.
The victim and her partner Thomas Taylor used to live together in Liverpool, England when the abuse happened. The victim somehow managed to escape the house after jumping from a first-floor window but was in such a bad state she spent 24 hours in a nearby park before being taken to a hospital by an unknown driver whom she stopped. Taylor’s partner also reportedly thought of dying in the Newsham Park as she hoped she would catch hypothermia.
The Echo reported that Taylor appeared in Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday, June 16, and blamed Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for his abusive behavior towards his fiance. He said he has suffered from PTSD after his brother’s murder in February 2019 and also a failed attempt of kidnap on himself. Taylor’s lawyer, Paul Becker, defended him and detailed how he was the first at his brother's death scene, following which he suffered PTSD and was the victim of an assault himself. Becker said Taylor’s car was rammed by a four by four in what he believed to be a kidnap attempt.
Prosecutor Katy Appleton told the court that when police arrived at the couple’s house after a missing person report for his partner was filed, Taylor "didn't seem overly concerned". He told the officers that he and his partner had an argument the previous evening after which she left the property. “He didn't ask any questions about their inquiries and seemed more concerned if they wanted to make a public appeal,” Appleton said. Reportedly, Taylor said he was concerned due to his brother's death, who was murdered in front of his daughter.
According to reports, a card had arrived for Taylor’s fiancée on November 26 last year from her ex-colleagues. The card was signed by her former workmates including a man named Ryan. Ryan’s signature triggered an argument between the couple as Taylor claimed he did not know Ryan, and feared his fiancée was cheating on him. The victim said she had left her job because of arguments like that and as the card arrived that day, she faced a series of persistent questioning by her partner of over eight years.
The argument escalated and turned violent and Taylor hit her multiple times, with a baseball bat, a stick, and the handle of a machete. He also hit on her stomach, legs, and feet — and when she tried to leave he pulled her back. When the victim got the chance, she fled through the window to Newsham Park nearby, and told police she "couldn't take it anymore" and "didn't want to live anymore". An examination at the hospital revealed she suffered a broken nose, two broken fingers, four broken ribs, and a broken wrist.
Taylor was arrested on November 28 after he admitted himself to a hospital in Liverpool. Officers said that he seemed calm throughout the arrest process. A psychiatric report also stated that Taylor's behavior in the course of the incident was suggestive of PTSD. He was given two years and six months in prison after he pleaded guilty to Section 20 assault.