Mom petrified after ex who admitted to strangling her flees court

When Ashley Geraghty admitted to abusing her ex-girlfriend, a sense of relief washed over her.

During the couple’s toxic two-year relationship, he strangled her, attacked her while she was pregnant, and left her fearing for her life and that of her young son.

In September of last year, four years after the violence began, he pleaded guilty to two counts of causing grievous bodily harm.

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Geraghty was granted bail on the condition that he not contact his former partner and return to Manchester Crown Court two months later to be sentenced for his crimes.

After experiencing a series of traumatic delays in her case due to the coronavirus pandemic, the woman thought her ordeal was finally over.

But on November 4, 2021, Geraghty did not appear in court and has not been seen since.

The police issued an arrest warrant for him, but three months after his original sentencing date, he has still not been located.

His victim, who has asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, says she now lives in complete fear and is petrified to leave her home.

Ashley Geraghty admitted to two GBH charges at Manchester Crown Court

The couple began a relationship in 2017 and soon after found out that she was expecting her first child.

she told the Manchester Evening News that the abuse began shortly after she became pregnant.

“He would insult me, spit on me and throw things at me,” she said.

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“Ashley would also go missing for days at a time doing drugs and drinking. Then he was very sorry and understood that he wouldn’t do it again.”

“If I had a missed call from him, he would be mad at me. He was constantly on edge.”

The woman said the abuse got progressively worse, leading to the first assault when she was eight months pregnant with her child.

“It hit me and gave me a black eye,” he said.

“Then he dragged me from the living room to the kitchen and was trying to kick me in the stomach with our baby inside.”

Later in the relationship, the mother said she had been receiving numerous messages from girls telling her that Geraghty had been unfaithful to her.

After confronting him about it, she said he got mad and strangled her.

“I went upstairs because I didn’t want to get into an argument and then he followed me and strangled me on the bed,” she said.

“The only reason I was able to get him off my back was to punch him in the face.”

The woman said she broke up with Geraghty after the attack but stayed in contact with him to arrange contact with her son.

But she claims the abuse continued, leaving her with no choice but to contact the police.

“I was going to therapy. My therapist told me I had situational anxiety because of the situations I was putting myself in,” she said.

“I went to the police because I thought if I didn’t deal with this properly, they would never leave me alone.”

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The woman says she feels ‘scared’ and ‘vulnerable’ knowing Geraghty is out there. posed by model

Geraghty was arrested by police and initially denied all wrongdoing, with the trial set to take place in August 2020.

But then came the coronavirus pandemic.

“The trial was canceled due to covid delays,” the victim said.

“He was put back on the list for another date, but that couldn’t happen because the judge wasn’t available. He moved two or three times after that.”

Shortly before the trial began, Geraghty pleaded guilty to both GBH charges.

“He was released on bail on the condition that he not contact me because my restraining order against him had expired,” she said.

“He was meant to show up for sentencing but never showed up. He’s been on the run ever since.”

The woman says she has been living in total fear of Geraghty and will not be able to rest until the police catch him.

“I am very scared. I feel very vulnerable. He is very unpredictable,” she said.

“He is capable of killing someone, that was always my biggest fear. Especially after he strangled me.”

“I thought I would leave my motherless son alone.”

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Geraghty pleaded guilty to two GBH charges and did not attend a sentencing hearing on November 4 in Manchester Crown Square.

“There is currently an arrest warrant against him,” they added.

Greater Manchester Police were contacted for comment but said they were unable to respond.

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Domestic abuse help lines

  • Women can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge, toll-free on 0808 2000 247 at any time, day or night. Staff will offer confidential and non-judgmental information and support.
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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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