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“I’d never for­give my­self if a woman is killed be­cause I didn’t speak out.”

She says the at­tack be­gan when he re­turned from a drink­ing ben­der.

“I told him to leave,” she re­called. “He was go­ing to go to his mum’s in Black­pool and I called her to warn her of the state he was in.

“He punched me in the face while I was talk­ing to her. He went crazy, smash­ing up the house and hit­ting me.

“He threw the telly at my head. I saw stars and nearly passed out.

“He put a knife in my hand and kept say­ing ‘don’t stab me’ but I dropped it straight away. I think he was try­ing to make up an ex­cuse for him­self.

“He phoned the po­lice and said, ‘I think I’ve killed her’ and went off to Black­pool drink­ing.

“When po­lice ar­rived I re­fused to press charges. I thought I loved him, that it must have been my fault.”

EX-DJ Mcevoy was jailed at Birm­ing­ham crown court in June for as­sault and breach­ing his li­cence af­ter a racially ag­gra­vated as­sault on a po­lice of­fi­cer months ear­lier. De­spite be­ing be­hind bars his abuse con­tin­ued, Rachel says.

“One day he called me 73 times.

“I got reg­u­lar texts say­ing peo­ple were watch­ing the house.

“He wrote to my univer­sity to try to get me kicked out, say­ing I was dis­tribut­ing drugs and hold­ing weapons.

“He also shared lots of in­ti­mate pho­tos of me on so­cial me­dia.”

The mon­ster was a far cry from the “charm­ing” guy Rachel had ini­tially dated as a 17-year-old.

They lost touch be­fore re­unit­ing af­ter meeting out­side a Birm­ing­ham night­club in 2016.

She says the first six months were great. “He was al­ways buy­ing me gifts and we went out for din­ner,” she re­called. But Mcevoy be­came in­creas­ingly pos­ses­sive. “He’d dis­ap­pear for days and say he was leav­ing me,” she said. “But he had so much con­trol over me at that stage that I would beg him to stay.” She al­leges he pushed her head un­der bath­wa­ter and said, ‘You’re lucky I don’t drown you.’

She claims he bugged her house and put bars on the win­dows, then smashed her phone and gave her a new one with a track­ing de­vice.

“He put CCTV all over the house so that he could mon­i­tor who was com­ing in and out,” she said

“He logged into my Face­book and wrote, ‘I’m a whore, my dad’s not my dad and my un­cle raped my mum.’”

Two weeks be­fore the at­tack that got him jailed, Rachel said: “He al­most killed me when he crashed the car we were in. It broke my ribs. Then he as­saulted a po­lice of­fi­cer at the scene.”

Rachel al­leges that a few weeks be­fore that he stood over her bed at night wear­ing rub­ber gloves and held a meat cleaver over her neck.

She is study­ing to be an ad­vo­cate for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims.

And this Christ­mas she’s hop­ing the hor­ror is be­hind her.

Rachel said: “This Christ­mas feels spe­cial, we can ac­tu­ally cel­e­brate it.”

If you or any­one you know is af­fected by do­mes­tic abuse go to www.vic­tim­sup­port.co.uk

BRUTE: Con­trol­ling thug Paul Mcevoy BAT­TERED: Rachel af­ter the at­tack DE­FI­ANT: Abuse vic­tim Rachel now SCENE OF HOR­ROR Mcevoy’s video of him beat­ing up Rachel

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