Young mum (25) tells how she was sub­jected to week of ter­ror as ex-part­ner is jailed for three years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

The former part­ner of a man who sub­jected her to a week of ter­ror - even­tu­ally stab­bing him­self in front of her - has pledged to help oth­ers who need help af­ter her ex was jailed for three years.

Hay­den Gav­aghan, (28), of Bev­er­stone, Or­ton Brim­bles fol­lowed the woman to beauty ap­point­ments, frog­marched her to a pub and, even­tu­ally, tailed her home and stabbed him­self in the chest.

His 25-year-old vic­tim was in court to see him jailed last week - and fol­low­ing the sen­tenc­ing, she urged oth­ers who were be­ing men­tally abused to come for­ward and speak out.

The mother, who lives in Cam­bridgeshire but asked to re­main anony­mous, said: “If you are be­ing abused it is up to you to make the de­ci­sion to leave. Friends and fam­ily can ad­vise you, but it is down to you. I told Hay­den a num­ber of times I didn’t want to go to the po­lice, and I didn’t. I had been in love with him.

“I was a lively, bub­bly per­son, but over the past cou­ple of years I had been more sub­dued. Now I have done this I am more my­self. “

In court, a vic­tim im­pact state­ment was read from the woman. She said: “The se­ries of in­ci­dents lead­ing up to Hay­den stab­bing him­self in the chest has had a mas­sive imNow pact on my men­tal health.

“I fear go­ing out any­where in pub­lic, but I know I have to be­cause of work and my daugh­ter.”

Hay­den’s ex is plan­ning on help­ing oth­ers. She said: “Speak­ing out is scary, and speak­ing to the po­lice is scary, but they have been bril­liant. They put me in touch with vic­tim sup­port, who have been very good. “I want to sign up to an or­gan­i­sa­tion who helps other peo­ple who have been through or are go­ing through what I did. I want to be able to help other peo­ple.”

The court heard how on July 5, Gav­aghan ar­rived out­side his former girl­friend’s house. Fear­ing what he might do, she asked him to go to the shop for her. She used this op­por­tu­nity to leave but Gav­aghan had gained en­try to the house and used a knife to cut his own throat. The fol­low­ing day, he in­ter­rupted his ex-part­ner’s nail salon ap­point­ment As she tried to walk to her car, Gav­aghan frog­marched her to a pub. He be­came ag­gres­sive, grab­bing the neck of her jumper as she tried to leave.

On July 12, as his ex-girl­friend was at­tempt­ing to leave a car park he used his own car to block her exit. Af­ter she claimed she needed to visit an­other store, Gav­aghan let the woman leave. He tail­gated her car as she drove home, flash­ing his ve­hi­cle’s lights.

When they pulled up at her home, Gav­aghan pulled a four­inch knife from his pocket and plunged it into his chest.

Gav­aghan pleaded guilty to stalk­ing and pos­ses­sion of a bladed ar­ti­cle. Along with the jail term, a ten year re­strain­ing or­der was put in place.

Hay­den Gav­aghan

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