Pregnant woman ‘imprisoned’ in own home with violent partner for months

A man kicked his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach before dragging her around her house by her hair.

Just a few months later Ashley Geraghty, 35, attacked her by pinning her down and strangling her, and also gave her a black eye by punching her in the face.

Manchester Crown Court heard that the victim was effectively “imprisoned” by him. Geraghty and his partner had been together for some time before the relationship came to an end after he was unfaithful, North Wales Live reports.

The pair continued to see each other on and off. It was then, when the woman fell pregnant, that Geraghty’s behavior changed.

He began to consume more alcohol and take drugs and was put on an electronic tag to live and sleep at her address following a domestic abuse conviction against a previous partner.

“This led to an argument and she asked him to leave. He refused to do so because of her bail condition and she said she’d call the police. He then shouted: ‘If you ring the police, I will kill you,’ Ms Lewis said.

“She was afraid he could do so. At that stage, I have pushed her to the floor and kicked her four times to the stomach. She told him to stop as she was eight months pregnant and she felt it could hurt the baby.

“He then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her ten meters from the front room, through to the bathroom and the kitchen, then he punched her and caused a black eye.”

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The woman managed to get into the back garden where he was unable to go due to his tag, and asked him for her phone. He refused because he thought she’d ring the police, but later allowed her to call his mum on his phone while he was holding it.

Months later, in March 2018, the then-couple and their son went to visit his relatives in North Wales, during which he was drunk and punched her to the face. He then posted a nude picture of her whilst she was pregnant on Facebook and used “abusive language.”

Then in August 2018, they began arguing after she found a SIM card with a picture of his ex on it, but she went upstairs to diffuse the situation. He followed her before pushing her back onto the bed, grabbing her neck with both hands and strangling her. She was struggling to breathe and hit him in her face trying to get away.

He left and begged her not to report anything to the police, then sent her a message the next day apologizing. She ended the relationship in January 2019, during which he spat at her, threatened her parents of her and called her names of her.

In March 2019 he smashed her window and was prosecuted for that, of which a restraining order was put in place. However, he breached that order in June 2019 by posting a threatening message on Facebook, which led to her finally reporting the previous assaults to the police. He eventually pleaded guilty to two offenses of ABH in July 2021.

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In a statement, the woman said she was living in a “constant state of fear and worry” as a result of his behaviour. She said she was fearful of the potential harm caused to her unborn son and she will have to live with her anxiety for the rest of her life. She added that she no longer feels safe.

Geraghty was said to have 10 previous convictions for 12 offenses including battery against a former partner in 2009, assault occasioning current bodily harm against a former partner in 2012 and battery in 2016 which led to him being on the tag.

In mitigation, Eleanor Gleeson said Geraghty put his offending down to drinking alcohol and said he had a “long standing problem.” She said he wants to “get help” and understands his behavior was unacceptable.

She added that he was “sorry for the pain and harm he caused” and said he tries to “keep away from women” due to the offences. However, the court was told that he has since had two further children with two different partners.

Sentencing Geraghty, who shook his head during her remarks, Judge Hilary Manley said: “You have got to accept and face up to what you have done.” Of the nude picture of the woman he posted on Facebook, she said it was the “lowest kind of spite.”

Addressing the second incident, she said: “You pushed her down onto the bed and strangled her with both hands. I have seen the photographs of the marks of her on her neck of her, there was a determined effort to strangle her-you could have killed her. “

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The judge added that she required an explanation from Greater Manchester Police about what safeguarding strategies were put in place before Geraghty was bailed to the woman’s address with a curfew requirement, following his recent domestic violence conviction against a previous partner.

She said this “effectively imprisoned” her in the house where she had “little chance to escape” if Geraghty became violent.

Geraghty, of Wordsworth Avenue, Leigh, was jailed for four years and three months and banned from contacting the woman in any way for 10 years under the terms of a restraining order.

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