A groom has done the unexpected to his bride on their wedding night all because he could not undo her dress.
The bride, Amy Dawson was brutally beaten by her husband, Gavin Golightly few hours after they tied the knot. Daily Mail reports that the bride was pinned to the floor by his husband just hours after a romantic wedding ceremony in County Durham in August. It was reported that the 22-year-old had asked her new husband to help her in getting out of the white dress she was wearing when he became violent .
While Miss Dawson who already has a baby for his groom was relating the attack said she thought it would kill her.
‘When he lashed out on me on my wedding night I thought I was going to die. I was terrified. He looked like he was going to kill me. ‘Eventually, I escaped and found a hotel porter, who called the police.
‘It was such a lovely day, and I was devastated it ended the way it did. It was a huge celebration full of friends and family, and I thought it would have been the fresh start we needed.’
The new couple after getting married in St Mary’s Church in West Rainton, had their reception at nearby Beamish Hall. Shortly before 1am, the couple retired to a room in the hotel where Ms Dawson tried to get undressed. At 12.55am, the following morning, they went to their room, which she was helped towards by a night porter,’ said prosecutor Sarah Traynor.
‘The defendant then tried to undo Ms Dawson’s dress. She received a crochet (to undo the dress with), but the defendant then refused to undo his new wife’s dress.’The defendant then 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. He then got up and left the room. It appears that the defendant then came back to the room. The defendant said he has no recollection of the event, adding that he must have had his drink spiked. He remembers waking up in a hotel room and said he does not get angry when he takes drugs. ‘Ms Dawson had a cut above her left eyebrow and some bruises to her face and chest area.’
Ms Dawson added said her husband had changed dramatically since she fell pregnant eight months after their relationship began.‘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 a baby we were delighted. ‘I fell pregnant after eight months but almost straight away Gavin became controlling and manipilative.It was like walking on eggshells.’
Golightly who is from Sunderland, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm at a court hearing last month. He was given a 12 month community order and a restraining order preventing him from contacting his wife. However, Ms Dawson has said that the punishment is too lenient.
‘The community order was far too soft. The restraining order is the only thing keeping me strong. He means nothing to me now.’ Ms Dawson said.
However, the Chairman of the bench Paul Elliott, told Golightly: ‘
You do know that when your custody report was asked for, custody was an option because this was a serious assault.
‘But your early guilty plea and mitigation mean that we will give you a 24-month community order with the requirement of supervision.’
He was also ordered to pay £200 in compensation to her, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.