Mum Who Had Her Throat Cut By Ex-Fiance Ordered To Write Him Letters Or Face Jail Time
It’s difficult not to feel that the law has failed Natalie Allman. In 2012, her boyfriend Jason Hughes, 42, beat her with a dumbbell and slashed her across the throat because he wanted to make her look “ugly” for dumping him.
The attack lasted for seven hours and Hughes did it all in front of their two young boys, Timmy and Ethan.
Hughes, a former territorial arm solider, was given a nine-year prison sentence after the appalling attack.
Natalie told the Sunday People.
“We’d been separated a few weeks but he was still staying in the house until he found somewhere else. He found out that I was seeing someone else and the jealousy just sent him over the edge.
I woke up in the middle of the night and he was kneeling over me, beating me repeatedly in the face. At first I thought he was punching me and then I realised he was using his weights. He was smashing them into my face over and over. There was blood everywhere but he didn’t stop.”
Last January, Hughes’ lawyer sent a letter to Allman demanding that she send six letters a year updating him on their children, and give him phone calls with them on birthdays and holidays.
Due to a UK law that gives Hughes the right to have contact with his sons (Residence and Contact Order under Section 8 of the Children Act of 1989), Allman now has no choice but to comply or else she faces jail time.
“I read the order and felt sick that I was going to have to communicate with that man after what he did. I wanted to just ignore it and get on with my life with my boys.
But then I read the notes at the end. They said, ‘If you do not comply with this contact order you may be held in contempt of court and be committed to prison or fined’. I couldn’t believe it. I could end up being split up from my children and sent to prison when he was the one who attacked me. I’m the one being treated like a criminal.”
Hughes could be released from prison as early as next year. Allman has been told that she will be protected, but with what has happened recently she is understandably skeptic.
An online petition has now been set up asking for a review of the order granted to Jason Hughes. You can help by signing.
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