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Bride battered on her wedding night for asking groom to help with her dress; Violent husband punched wife in face.

Byline: LUKE TRAYNOR

A BRIDE'S marriage was destroyed on her wedding night when she was brutally attacked by her husband after asking him to help undo her lacy gown.

Amy Dawson, 22, was thrown to the floor and repeatedly hit in the face by Gavin Golightly.

The terrified bride was cut above her eye and suffered bruising on her face and chest. Amy is now divorcing Golightly, 29, and said: "He means nothing to me now."

She went on: "It was such a lovely day. I was devastated it ended the way it did. I thought I was going to die. He looked like he was going to kill me."

The court heard that their church wedding had gone smoothly last August, followed by a reception at a venue nearby. At the end of the evening the couple went to their room where Amy asked for help to undo her dress but Golightly refused.

Prosecutor Sarah Traynor told Peterlee magistrates' court in Durham: "The defendant jumped up from his chair, approached Ms Dawson and pushed her over. He then sat on top of her and started punching her with clenched fists.

SPIKED "But the defendant said he has no recollection, adding he must have had his drink spiked."

Golightly, of Sunderland, pleaded guilty to assault. On Friday he was handed a community order but Amy said the punishment was not harsh enough for the attack at Beamish Hall in West Rainton, Co Durham.

The mum-of-one, said: "The community order was far too soft. When I first met Gavin, he was lovely, I couldn't fault him. He was caring and loving, and when we found we were having baby, we were delighted.

"I fell pregnant after eight months, but almost straight away, Gavin became controlling and manipulative. It was like walking on eggshells.

"I thought the wedding would have been the fresh start we needed."

The accountancy student added: "After the attack he left and I tried to escape but he came back and kept beating me. Eventually I escaped and a porter called police." Amy has now filed for divorce and Golightly is under a restriction order.

Chairman of the bench Paul Elliott handed Golightly a 24-month community order, along with PS200 compensation to be paid to Amy.

luke.traynor@mirror.co.uk

I thought I was going to die. I was terrified, he looked like he would kill me AMY DAWSON on attack by new husband after wedding

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DAY TO FORGET Amy before new husband beat her up

HAPPY COUPLE Amy and Golightly earlier in relationship

THUG But Golightly is free

ROMANTIC Beamish Hall, where the attack took place

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