Brave victim relives savage attack by thug ex who told police she was dead
A brutish thug who beat his partner so badly he told police she was dead has been jailed for eight months.
James Cass strangled, kicked and punched Emma Lorraine for an hour in front of her one-year-old daughter at their home in Hull.
Cass 23, of Wincolmlee, was jailed at Hull Crown Court on Thursday, October 1.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one offence of a breach of a non-molestation order, reports Hull Live.
Cass was handed a sentence of eight months.
After he was jailed, his brave ex-partner Emma gave Hull Live permission to publish the photographs of her shocking injuries caused by Cass.
Emma was assaulted at her home on March 7 this year.
After being told in a text message from Cass earlier that day that he would “kill her”, Emma was then set upon by him in her bedroom the same evening – and in front of her one-year-old daughter.
Emma said: “We wasn’t even arguing at the time, it didn’t make sense. I’d just had a shower and we were all in the bedroom.
“My daughter was in the cot, she was still sleeping in our room at the time.
“He strangled me from behind. It [the assault] must have been an hour or so.”
Cass then proceeded to punch and kick Emma as she lay unconscious before calling the police himself.
Emma said: “There were blood stains on the carpet from where he dragged me across the room and the TV fell on me.
“He called the police because he thought he had killed me. He continued to let our daughter cry and was kicking and punching me in the face.”
The police arrived and arrested Cass. Officers called an ambulance for Emma and she was taken to hospital.
Emma said: “The paramedics worked on me. I couldn’t move, my body was in shock.
“I thought I was paralysed. I was put on a stretcher and taken to hospital. My face was bright red and I was bleeding and had bruising.”
Emma says she was forced to take a month off work and the swelling in her face did not return to normal for seven weeks.
A year before, when their daughter was just three weeks old, Emma says Cass “disappeared” before returning home and assaulting her.
The couple knew each other for two years before embarking on a three-year relationship, which Emma says was fraught from the beginning.
She said: “He called me fat and ugly and was controlling. It got to a point where he told me what to wear and who I could and couldn’t go out with.
“I didn’t know how to get away from him and kept going back. He told me no one would ever want me and broke down my self-esteem.
“I quit two jobs because of him and when I got pregnant he didn’t want me going out. We lost a baby before we had our daughter and that’s when it got worse.”
After being charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Cass was handed a non-molestation order which he breached.
Emma said: “He would always go past my house, trying to wind me up. After the second assault I stayed with family for a bit. I couldn’t bear the thought of staying in the house.”
Cass first pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, almost forcing Emma to go through a trial.
However, he pleaded guilty and was jailed for eight months.
She said: “It was awful. I was relieved that he got sentenced. I was shocked as it was his first offence and I thought he would get a suspended sentence.
“I’m looking forward to moving forward.”
Cass was also handed a five-year restraining order.
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