A drunk gambling-addict ferociously beat his girlfriend then locked himself in the bathroom with her phones so she couldn’t call for help after he lost £100,000 in a scam.
Telecoms manager Sebastian Swamy, 40, repeatedly kicked mother of two Abigail Blake to the ground as if she was a “squashed beetle” in an alcohol fuelled rage after a work night out.
He then stamped on her back and chest shouting: “I’ve had enough of you – you need to shut up.”
As she lay seriously injured on the ground, Swarmy took her mobile phone and locked himself in a room at the couple’s home to stop her calling 999 for help.
Miss Blake, 42, from Knutsford, Cheshire, suffered a severed spinal cord and punctured lung in the assault and had to be rescued by neighbours.
She was unable to walk or clean herself for several months and has been suffering from severe tremors which means she is unable to pick up her toddler son or even do up his buttons.
She has also had to give up her job as an operations manager at Manchester Airport and has a scar across her neck resulting from doctors having to make incision to carry out surgery on her damaged vetebrae.
At Chester Crown Court, Miss Blake bravely read out a statement detailing her injures as Swamy, who hails from a wealthy family living in Ascot, Berks was jailed for three years and four months.
He admitted causing grievous bodily harm and claimed he had been drinking heavily after losing £100,000 in a scam.
Breaking down in tears, Miss Blake told the court: “I live life today, grateful to be here, a proud mother of two active little boys. Two little boys that could have been left without a mother, as a result of Sebastian Swamy attacking me.
“Sebastian’s actions have caused life changing and permanent damage to my mind and body which I now have to live with on a daily basis.
“I’ve been diagnosed with complex post traumatic stress disorder. I’m hyper vigilant and hyper sensitive, living in fear that Sebastian is still out there and could at any time come back to hurt myself or my children.
“I’m scared to open the door. When I hear noises I’m on edge, jumping, knowing Sebastian could be around the corner or outside the house.
“I have severe panic attacks, night sweats and flashbacks, unable to sleep thinking he might get into the house so I repeatedly plan which child to help first if he breaks in.”
She continued: “It took months before I was able to walk, brush my teeth, tie my hair up, swallow, move my neck, bathe and care for my toddler.
Today, I’m unable to carry a milk carton home without having to stop crying in pain, let alone lift my toddler when he needs me.
“I’m unable to hold a cup in my right hand due to tremors, I’m also unable to cut and peel food as I have no sensation in my finger tips.
“My legs, hands and arms spasm, they shake and tremor as though I have Parkinson’s. Worst of all, I’m unable to button up my little boys’ coats and shirts.
Today, the permanent injuries and scar are a constant remind of what Sebastian has done to me.”
The assault took place on July 27, 2017 after the couple had been in a relationship for three years.
Miss Blake already had a nine-year-old son from a previous relationship and she and Swamy had a child together.
Prosecuting, Maria Masselis said: “Everything was fine to begin with, but issues began to rise as he had issues with gambling and alcohol and she was concerned about his place of responsibility towards her son when he was supposed to be babysitting.
“She described how his behaviour towards her had become difficult when he was drunk. There were allegations of violence which predate the incident – she reported some of these matters to the police but they were not pursued.
On July 27, 2017, the defendant had been out allegedly in connection with work, and had consumed a great quantity of alcohol and caused arguments between them. He went to Manchester and returned later than expected.
“The couple entered into an argument where he proceeded to push her to the back, forcing her to the floor. As she fell she was on her front and started to turn over when he stamped down on her back. She described feeling as if she was a squashed beetle.
“The pain she felt was immediate and she proceeded to roll over onto her back, but the defendant used the other foot to stamp down on her chest. He said he had enough of her and she needed to shut up.
“He took two mobile phones from her so she was unable to contact the police as she had in the past. He repeated what would happen to her, and she said he threatened her with social services and she would lose control of her children in the past.
“The defendant went upstairs to the third floor and locked himself away and refused her access to the phones. She made her way out of the house, flagged down two neighbours and she begged them for help.
Whilst helping her, the defendant was seen to come out of the address and he was seen shouting. He got into a car and drive away leaving her to the fate of the neighbours.”
Miss Blake spent four days in hospital undergoing a series of treatments.
Swamy was arrested but initially claimed he was acting in self defence.
His defence lawyer Lee Karu said: “He is educated and was doing quite well but unfortunately he was the victim of a massive nationwide scam where he lost £100,000.
“His family are reasonably well off and we’re able to assist on their part but he did have an alcohol and gambling addiction.
“Sadly the effect of that was somebody else’s life has been affected in the way it has.”
Sentencing Judge Steven Everett told Swamy: “A father in any sense of the word should be expected to show love, kindness, affection, protection and safety towards his partner and their children. But on that particular night you showed none of that. What you did was get yourself abhorrently drunk.
“You were truly, truly horrible and showed horrendous behaviour towards your partner. You didn’t give any thought to the effect on her on that night or afterwards. You gave no thought to the effect on your two children at all. It was drunk, selfish and violent behaviour.
“She now will never be able to pick up her child, and something I found particularly distressing was the fact she will never be able to button up her children’s clothing.
That’s the sort of thing one expects to see a parent do. It appears to be a normal thing to do a children’s buttons up, it is a thing we take for granted, and she cannot take that for granted anymore.
“You caused this. You caused this affect on those two little boys. That’s come as a result of your selfish, violent, alcohol-fuelled behaviour. You also took steps to prevent the victim from reporting the incident.
“You were Dr Jekyll to people in the street but it was clear you had the ability to be Mr Hyde when you were at home.”
As well as being jailed for three years and four months, Swamy was issued with a restraining order that will last for an indefinite period which prohibits him from contacting Miss Blake.