Woman was left looking like a ‘monster from a horror film’ after her thug childhood sweetheart smashed her head against a fish tank in brutal attack
- Lisa O’Malley was home in Peterborough when ex Jonathon Youthed, 32, arrived
- The thug arrived covered in blood and ‘bragging’ about assaulting another man
- Ms O’Malley, 33, asked him to leave but he refused and launched an attack on her
- He smashed her head on a coffee table, fish tank and punched her over 20 times
- Youthed was found guilty of wounding with intent and imprisoned for ten years
A woman was left looking like a ‘monster from a horror film’ after her childhood sweetheart smashed her head against a fish tank in a brutal attack.
Lisa O’Malley from Peterborough was at home when her ex-boyfriend Jonathon Youthed, 32, arrived covered in blood and ‘bragging’ about assaulting another man.
The 33-year-old asked him to leave but he refused and launched a brutal attack on her, smashing her head against her coffee table, a fish tank and punching her more than 20 times.
Neighbours called police after hearing Ms O’Malley’s screams during the ‘sustained attack’.
She was so badly beaten she was described as looking like a ‘monster from a horror film’.
Lisa O’Malley (right, before the attack and left, after) from Peterborough was at home when her ex-boyfriend Jonathon Youthed, 32, arrived covered in blood and ‘bragging’ about assaulting another man
Ms O’Malley thought she was going to ‘die’ during the assault and it only stopped when her teenage son came downstairs and kicked Youthed in the head.
The victim first met Youthed in primary school and the pair had an ‘on again, off again’ relationship, but she claims she had never seen a violent side to him before.
Youthed was arrested and charged with attempted murder and wounding with intent.
He denied both charges, but was found guilty of wounding with intent and was jailed for ten years at Peterborough Crown Court in October 2018.
Although Ms O’Malley struggled to leave the house after the attack, she has been rebuilding her life and is doing well.
Ms O’Malley (left), 33, asked Youthed (right) to leave but he refused and launched a brutal attack on her, smashing her head against her coffee table and a fish tank
She said: ‘After the attack I was unrecognisable. When my neighbour saw me, they said I looked like a monster from a horror film.
‘Jonathan had a bit of a temper, but I never thought he was violent – not until that night.
‘I can remember every punch, that night is seared into my memory. At one point, when he was squeezing the air out of me, my vision went blurry.
‘I remember thinking: ‘This is it, I’m going to die. Thankfully my son came downstairs in that moment and kicked him – getting him off me. I don’t know I’d be alive without him.
‘He was my childhood sweetheart, but no one that loves you should be able to do that to you.’
She was so badly beaten she was described as looking like a ‘monster from a horror film’
Ms O’Malley first met Youthed in primary school when they were five years old and the pair became friends and got closer over the years until they started dating.
Youthed was Ms O’Malley’s ‘first boyfriend’ but they broke things off at the end of school.
They kept in touch over the years until Ms O’Malley reached back out and the pair rekindled their romance.
She said: ‘I first met Jonathon when we were kids. We were friends all through primary and secondary school but as we got older, I definitely realised I fancied him.
‘Then one day after school we ended up having a kiss – he was my first kiss. He became my first boyfriend, in fact, he was my first everything.
‘We ended up drifting apart and breaking up after school but we always stayed in each other’s lives.
‘Every now and then a message from him would pop up on Facebook and it would always make me smile.
‘One evening I decided to send him a message and we got chatting. It felt like old times and we got on so well – before I knew it we were meeting up and dating again.
‘Things got off to a great start but the cracks started to show quickly.’
Ms O’Malley started to feel ‘used’ by Youthed – claiming he would ‘sponge’ off her for money. Over the next years, they got into an ‘on again, off again’ relationship.
She then decided they would be better off as friends and called things off for good. They still saw each and Ms O’Malley claims she never saw a ‘violent’ side to Youthed.
She said: ‘As time went on, our relationship got a bit ‘rocky’. I felt like he was sponging off me, charming me when he wanted money, and then disappearing for a while.
‘I felt really used so in the end, I decided to call things off and stay friends. Throughout the entire time I’d known Jonathan, I’d never seen a violent side to him.
‘He had a bit of a temper from time to time but I was never scared or thought he’d be capable of really hurting me. Not until that night.’
On March 25, 2018, Youthed began texting her, asking what she was doing that evening.
Ms O’Malley (pictured) thought she was going to ‘die’ during the assault and it only stopped when her teenage son came downstairs and kicked Youthed in the head
She claims it was obvious from his messages that he was drunk. Later that night, at around 10pm, Youthed turned up at her door ‘covered in someone else’s blood’.
Youthed was ‘bragging’ about assaulting another man and upset Ms O’Malley demanded he leave but he refused.
She said: ‘We had been texting a bit that day and I thought he’d pop around for a bit in the evening.
‘He turned up at my door and I was horrified when I saw him covered in blood. I thought it was his but he explained it was someone else’s.
‘He was laughing, bragging about it, and trying to touch me with his bloody hands.
The victim first met Youthed in primary school and the pair had an ‘on again, off again’ relationship, but she claims she had never seen a violent side to him before
‘It was really upsetting and told him to leave but he refused – he kept calling himself ‘man’ and a ‘savage’ for what he’d done.
‘I told him: ”You’re no man, you’re a poor excuse for one”. The grin fell from his face and he had a wild look in his eyes – that’s when he swung at me.’
Ms O’Malley’s ‘childhood sweetheart’ launched a vicious attack on her – smashing her head against the table, fish tank and other furniture.
Youthed punched her more than 20 times and left her thinking that she was going to die.
According to Ms O’Malley, the sustained attack lasted for nearly 25 minutes, and the neighbours called 999 when they heard her screaming for help.
She said: ‘He started punching me before grabbing a handful of my hair – he must have hit me 20 times.
‘I tried to scramble free but he pulled my head into the coffee table and then dragged me over to the fish tank and continued to smash my head against the glass.
‘The pain was unbearable and I remember seeing my blood trickle down my face. I begged him to stop but he just screamed: ‘You don’t love me’ and ‘I’ll kill you.’
‘It went on for 25 minutes but it honestly felt like an eternity. At one point he dragged me to the ground and wrapped his legs around me and squeezed.
‘I couldn’t breathe – in that moment I thought I was going to die. That’s when my son came downstairs and saw what was happening and kicked Jonathon.
‘Luckily the police arrived in time and it took four officers to restrain him and he was finally taken away.’
Youthed was arrested and charged with attempted murder and wounding with intent.
The case went to Peterborough Crown Court in October 2018 where he was found guilty of wounding with intent and jailed for 10 years.
He was sentenced to eight years for wounding with intent and two years for making threats to kill, to be served consecutively.
Ms O’Malley said: ‘I looked unrecognisable after the attack. Incredibly, I didn’t have broken bones, just some horrendous bruising. I had to cut my hair as well because he’d ripped out clumps of it that night.
‘Three months after the attack and I had only managed to leave the house twice, it left me shaken and terrified.
‘I was practically a recluse because I felt like I couldn’t trust anyone anymore. I truly thought I was going to die that night and I wanted him to be punished so I was pleased he got quite a lengthy sentence.
‘I still struggle with anxiety but I’m doing better and getting back on my feet. I’m so thankful my son was there that night – he saved my life.
‘I can’t believe my childhood sweetheart was capable of hurting me like that. I guess I never really knew him.’
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