Man Jailed for Attack that Leaves Ex-Girlfriend Unconscious for 48 Hours
A man has been jailed after he attacked his now ex –girlfriend, leaving her with ‘devastating’, life changing injuries.
Attacked at Home
Colleen Higgins, from Hednesford, Staffordshire, suffered a broken cheek bone, a fractured skull, serious brain injury and was left bleeding from the ear after Daniel Moore, 36, attacked her at their home last year.
Following the incident Moore left Miss Higgins lying unconscious on the sofa where she did not regain consciousness for another 48 hours. When Miss Higgins did come round, she could not recall what had happened and Moore simply told her that she had fallen down the stairs. Miss Higgins explained:
“I’d always got on really well with his kids and we were playing monopoly and having an ordinary Friday evening.
“The next thing I remember is waking up in the most horrific pain I have ever experienced.
“I couldn’t walk but I knew something was wrong so I grabbed my phone and took a picture to see what my face looked like.
“All I could see was blood everywhere and I knew I needed to get out of the house.”
Miss Higgins then called her mother who took her to hospital, it was there that they realised what Moore had done.
“I didn’t even explain what had happened on the phone to my mum, I said I’d fallen over and she turned up expecting to see me with a broken ankle.
“But when she arrived she said she knew straight away that he had done it so she didn’t even wait for an ambulance and took me to hospital herself.”
Traumatic Brain Injury
Arriving at A&A, Miss Higgins could not recall her age or what year it was; such was the extent of her injuries. Doctors concluded that Miss Higgins’ brain had swollen, for which she spent 3 nights in hospital. Miss Higgins was then subject to a further 2 nights in hospital as she underwent an operation to insert a metal plate into her cheek.
As well as suffering a traumatic brain injury, Miss Higgins was also left deaf in one ear due to the incident.
Miss Higgins has admitted she feared she was ‘going to die’ following the attack last August. She said:
“My skull was cracked from the back of my head all the way round to my nose and the swelling on my eye was so bad the doctors thought I might lose my sight.
“Some people endure the same injuries that I had and never walk again.
“I had a great rehab team helping me over nine months and it was just sheer grit and determination that he wasn’t going to ruin my life that got me through.
“I truly believe that he would have left me to die.
“But I survived and so I want to do everything I can to warn other women who might be in a similar position.
“If me speaking out saves one person from experiencing what I have gone through then it’s worth it.”
Daniel Moore admitted to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months at Stafford Crown Court.
Criminal Injury – Expert Advice
We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.
There is however a government scheme that provides compensation to victims or their families at this tragic time. The scheme is called CICA (The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority). Once your claim is accepted by Hampson Hughes Solicitors, we will liaise with CICA on your behalf.
If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email [email protected]
Source: Mail Online