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My freedom means more than your life; WHAT MAN TOLD PARTNER AS HE PUT HANDS ON HER THROAT.

Byline: GARETH HUGHES

A BULLY who told his partner "my freedom is more important than your life" as he placed his hands around her throat has been jailed.

Catherine Wills told police she feared for her life as Osian Wyn Hughes became increasingly violent and abusive.

Prosecutor James Neary told Llandudno magistrates that Hughes, 26, had been living with Miss Wills at her home in Dolwyddelan for 18 months despite a restraining order prohibiting him from having any contact with her.

Her patience with him ran out on October 10 when she called the police and said he had been abusive for 12 months - pulling her hair, spitting at her and calling her a "slag" and other names. "It occurred almost on a daily basis," said Mr Neary.

After she had returned from holiday, he pushed her onto a bed and put his hands around her throat.

In a victim impact statement, she said she still had strong feelings for Hughes, but added: "I'm frightened Osian will kill me if we continue living together."

She said she felt guilty for being responsible for his having been jailed for a previous incident.

Hughes, of Tros yr Afon, Llanrwst, admitted breaching the restraining order imposed in June 2016, and was found guilty of common assault after a trial last week.

Graham Parry, defending, said it was an unusual case as Miss Wills had often contacted the defendant to ask him to go back to her, and had applied for the restraining order to be lifted.

District Judge Gwyn Jones activated a 16-week suspended jail sentence and imposed two concurrent 16-week sentences for the latest offences.

He said Hughes had "a significant history of domestic abuse", and though Miss Willis blamed herself she should not do so. He imposed an indefinite restraining order preventing Hughes from contacting Miss Willis and from entering Dolwyddelan except if passing through by road.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Nov 14, 2017
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