A BRIDESMAID said she feared for her life when she was attacked by her jealous partner on her sister's wedding night.

Jessica Gittings, 25, left the wedding with her partner, Aaron Williams, 26, before he accused her of cheating on him and attacked her.

Williams left her with a footprint on her face and cuts and bruises across her body.


"He was screaming at me accusing me of cheating on him and accusing me of lying and going behind his back with a family members partner," she said.

"He beat me to a pulp for over a hour and half, stamped on my head to the point I had shoe prints on my face and a chipped tooth.

"He kicked me over and over in my hips knowing that was a weak point for me, he was literally frothing at the mouth smashing my bedroom up, picked me up from the floor laughing and spitting at me, threw a lava lamp at my head and smashed up my door taking it off the hinges.

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The injuries Jessica Gittings sustained in the attack. Picture: Wales News Service

"I've never been so scared at that point, I feared for my life.

"He had turned before but not as bad to the point where I was genuinely scared how far and how much longer it was going to go on for.

"For three years I suffered with a narcissistic psychotic thing of a person who took complete control over my life to the point where I've wanted to take my own life."

The South Wales Argus reported yesterday that Judge Catherine Richards at Cardiff Crown Court said Williams, of Bedwlwyn Road, Ystrad Mynach, was guilty of an “appalling” attack.

Prosecutor David Pinnell said: "After they were back at home, his behaviour deteriorated. He was jealous and accused her of flirting with another male whilst at the wedding.

"This was a sustained and repeated assault on the victim who was heavily intoxicated and alone."

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Jessica Gittings after the attack. Picture: Wales News Service

The court heard Ms Gittings was taken to A&E at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, where she was treated for an injury to her jaw and bruising.

During his police interview, Williams claimed he had acted in self-defence after she “wanted to scratch me”.

Mr Pinnell said: "The victim has asked for a restraining order as she wants a line drawn under this relationship – she says she wishes it had never got off the ground.

“She said that before this incident, she was happy, confident and outgoing. She is exactly the opposite now.”

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Aaron Williams. Picture: Wales News Service

Hashim Salmman, representing Williams, said: “The defendant pleaded guilty on the day of his trial which spared the victim the further ordeal of having to give further live evidence.

“He has no previous convictions or propensity for violence. There is a realistic prospect of his rehabilitation.”

Williams was jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years, and was ordered to complete a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 35 sessions of a building better relationships programme.

The defendant was also made the subject of an indefinite restraining order and must pay a £140 victim surcharge.