Man Walks Away With Community Service, After Almost Beating Girlfriend To Death

A thug who attacked his girlfriend in the street has walked free from court after magistrates told him a community sentence is ‘tougher’ than prison.

Toby Hayden, 27, hit his partner of two years in a drunken rage when a cash machine told him he had insufficient funds to withdraw money.

He repeatedly punched Loretta Butterworth, 22, in an assault that ended only when passers-by heard her screaming ‘please help me’.

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When police arrived to arrest Hayden, he spat in the face of one officer and tried to gouge out the eyes of another.

 But despite being on a suspended sentence for a previous violent crime, magistrates sentenced him to an 18-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to complete an anger management course.

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Miss Butterworth, who had once considered having children with Hayden, said he had ‘no remorse’ and criticised magistrates for letting him off.

She said she looked ‘like a zombie’ after the attack and still has the outline of a footprint on her forehead.

She added: ‘When I found out that he had walked free my heart sank. I was shocked and angry.

‘He definitely should have gone to prison. He had previous convictions, he had been violent to people before, he was on probation when it happened.

h/t Mail Online

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