Healthy baby daugh­ter for punch vic­tim mum

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AWOMAN who was punched in the stom­ach by her vi­o­lent ex-boyfriend while preg­nant with their baby has given birth to a healthy daugh­ter.

Na­talie Clark, 23, was ten weeks preg­nant when Daniel Hol­l­i­day, 31, hit her so hard she was winded and started bleed­ing heav­ily.

The full-time mum, who has a fiveyear-old daugh­ter Amelia-Rose from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship, thought she had lost her sec­ond child. But IvyRose was born with­out any prob­lems and is now a healthy five-month-old.

Hol­l­i­day was sen­tenced to an 18-month com­mu­nity or­der for the two as­saults, crim­i­nal dam­age and break­ing a re­strain­ing or­der.

Na­talie, of Chel­tenham, said: “I can hon­estly say I have no faith in the jus­tice sys­tem. Ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing. This has hon­estly been a hell of a year for me, deal­ing with the stress that man has caused me.

“Bro­ken col­lar bones, frac­tured skulls, stalk­ing, black eyes… the bloke is out of con­trol.”

The cou­ple met in Au­gust 2016 in a bar and Hol­l­i­day was de­scribed as “very much a party lad” by Na­talie. He moved into her house three weeks af­ter they started go­ing out, which Na­talie ad­mits was too early.

She said: “In the first cou­ple of months I no­ticed he was an an­gry per­son, but I was so in love with him I stuck by him.”

They ar­gued daily, often af­ter heavy drink­ing by Hol­l­i­day, ac­cord­ing to Na­talie.

“Daniel would ac­cuse me of cheat­ing. He was very para­noid. He wanted to have a baby and said he would change if I got preg­nant. It was like mind con­trol,” she said.

On one oc­ca­sion, Hol­l­i­day smashed his plate on the floor and threw his knife at Na­talie when his din­ner was not right and punched her in the stom­ach, ac­cus­ing her of cheat­ing.

She said: “I could see the anger in his eyes. Sud­denly his eyes went black and evil. He was like a pit bull.”

The sec­ond as­sault oc­curred a month later – and one of Na­talie’s friends was lis­ten­ing to the in­ci­dent on the phone with­out Hol­l­i­day know­ing.

He at­tacked his girl­friend on the bed and threw a pushchair at her, leav­ing Na­talie with se­vere bruises on her chest, neck and arms.

She found the courage to call the po­lice on De­cem­ber 1 but Hol­l­i­day was not ar­rested un­til Jan­uary 12.

Na­talie said: “It was the worst ex­pe­ri­ence of my life, the hard­est thing I have ever had to go through.

“Since this, I have suf­fered from se­vere anx­i­ety which causes me to

I could see the anger in

his eyes. Sud­denly his eyes went black and evil. He was like a pit bull


pass out. But the ex­pe­ri­ence has made me stronger.”

Hol­l­i­day was sen­tenced to 200 hours of un­paid work, a fine of £460 and a five-year re­strain­ing or­der.

A panic alarm was in­stalled at Na­talie’s home, but she is wor­ried po­lice will re­move it now he has been sen­tenced.

A Glouces­ter­shire po­lice spokesper­son said: “Mea­sures used are de­pen­dent on the in­di­vid­ual cir­cum­stances and panic alarms are not au­to­mat­i­cally re­moved on con­vic­tion. The safety of vic­tims is para­mount to the force and there are a range of safe­guard­ing mea­sures which are reg­u­larly put in place to help re­duce any risk posed to them.”

Na­talie Clark with her new baby daugh­ter, Ivy-Rose

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