WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Christopher Forrest, 40, of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, has pleaded guilty to multiple assault charges but is free to move ahead of the sentencing decision
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A domestic violence survivor who was terrorized by her abusive ex-boyfriend is “relieved” after his “dirty little secret” was revealed, a relative claims.
Christopher Forrest pleaded guilty to multiple counts of assaulting his then-partner during a court hearing yesterday and is due to be sentenced next month.
The 40-year-old delivery driver from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, perpetrated the attacks between July 2017 and August 2020 at his victim’s home in Blantyre in the same county.
Hamilton Sheriff Court saw CCTV showing the thug choking her on a bed and telling her she was dying, they reported the daily record.
A family member told the newspaper the victim “feels better” but can’t believe he’s still walking the streets awaiting his verdict.
They said: “She’s relieved that everyone can see who they really are and she’s no longer hiding his dirty little secret.
“This is going to really embarrass him. He had access to this CCTV and took it for granted that she would never report it – that’s how arrogant he is.
“She had no idea how violent this man was and is amazed that he was released on bail and is still walking the streets. He could have killed her.
“It changed her as a person and will stay with her for the rest of her life – she will never get that time back.
“She wants justice and punishment appropriate for what he did to her. The man has no regrets.”
In her victim statement, the 33-year-old professional told the court that Forrest’s attacks left her with debilitating fear and panic attacks.
She also revealed to the court that Forrest once forced bills into her mouth as punishment for asking him for money.
The chilling footage, captured with a camera meant for dog watching when the house was empty, shows Forrest hurling abuse and launching unprovoked attacks on the woman.
In one video, she is heard gasping as he chokes her and says, ‘You’re going to die.'”
In other footage, she is “patched up” against a car and thrown to the ground while Forrest verbally abuses her.
She said: “At the time of each attack I was in physical pain as described above and would remain in a state of shock for many hours which would sometimes take the form of silence with disbelief at what had happened to me or in floods of tears and being very distraught and incapable to understand why I deserved this treatment from a person who claimed to love and care for me.
“I came home from work and I was very scared of what I was going to walk into. I felt like I was walking on eggshells.
“My attacker was so unpredictable that even if I tried to do something nice, like make dinner for him, he could still lash out.
“I was afraid to ask him to do anything, like do laundry or tidy up, because he would get angry and unpredictable if asked to do those things.
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“As a result, I did everything that needed to be done myself, including DIY to avoid breakouts.”
She said the ordeal made her anxious in certain situations and struggled to interact with her colleagues and friends.
She also told the court: “Certain movements or behavior remind me of the violence I suffered and therefore make me flinch or flinch. This causes embarrassment in co-workers, friends and other people close to me.
“My neck is an area I’m particularly sensitive to and I panic when someone gets near it.
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“I feel like I’ve retreated since those attacks. I dislike physical interactions and find them awkward, uncomfortable and sometimes scary. I focus more on people’s body language and can feel unnecessarily anxious. I try to avoid social interactions and struggle to interact with people.”
The court heard the relationship began in 2015 and the first attack took place after the woman returned home in Blantyre to do some shopping on July 6, 2017.
The couple had an argument in their driveway.
Forrest grabbed her by the throat and pinned her against the wall before slamming her into the car with such force that the rear wiper broke.
On other occasions, she had a bleeding nose and bruises on her throat.
In September 2020, the woman finally filed a complaint with the police.
Sheriff Linda Nicolson has delayed sentencing until next month over a criminal justice social work report and electronic tagging assessment.
Forrest, who now lives with his parents from Lochaline, Ayr, had continued his bail.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/domestic-abuse-survivors-relief-ex-27327860 Domestic violence survivor's relief as ex-partner's 'dirty little secret' is finally out