When Suzanne Hill argued with her husband that she wanted to watch Britain’s Got Talent, she did not think even in dreams that she would be viciously attacked by her husband.
A British mother is now warning all women in the country to u Clare’s Law to get an insight into their partners past and see if they have a history of abuse after she was violently beaten by her own husband. Mother to three children, Suzanne Hill met her husband, lorry driver David Jennison on the well known dating website Plenty of Fish back in and after making an instant connection the pair married shortly after.
After the marriage, Jennison moved into Hill’s home and was described by neighbors as being “kind and attentive” husband. But he would soon show a much darker side of his persona and the marriage turned very sour. Jennison who had a long history of violence and domestic abuse snapped in June last year after Suzanne insisted that she wanted to watch Britain’s Got Talent on the Television.
Jennison blew up into a fit of rage and headbutted her, strangled her, and knocked her unconscious with a barrage of punches before tying her up in a sleeping bag for her son to find. Her son found her lifeless in a blood-soaked hallway, she was rushed to hospital where she spent the next five days recovering from her injuries. Her injuries were so severe that she was unable to open her eyes for days.
After the court hearing which declared 52-year-old Jennison was a “dangerous offender” and handed him an extended jail sentence, Clare spoke to news reporters about her horrifying ordeal that day. She said: “I was sat having my tea, it was a warm night and the windows were open. Everything seemed fine. He was an HGV driver so he had been up since 4 am that day.”
“I was watching Britain’s Got Talent and he came in and said ‘I’m not watching that s***.’ I said ‘what’s the problem?’ “He took the dog out for a walk and I thought that was the end of it. He was obviously in a mood and at 9 pm he went upstairs and he muttered something I didn’t hear. I thought I might as well go to bed too. In bed, I was giggling a bit because we had our backs turned to each other. I said something and he just turned around and put his fist to me.”
Infuriated with her husbands actions, she packed a bag for him and threw it down the stairs to him, but this just aggravated him even more. She continues her story: “He slowly pulled the bed cover back and I thought he was going to hug me, but he gave me the biggest headbutt. Then as fast as he did that, he started strangling me. And strangled. And strangled.”
The chilling story continued: “He finally stopped and his face had just gone. He never spoke, there was no shouting or arguing. He just said ‘I’m going to kill you and I’m to kill me.’ She said she then tried to run downstairs and out of the house, but Jennison pulled her back just as she reached the handle, “As I turned to look at him, I felt the biggest blow. He split my lip and beat me and carried on beating me unconscious.”
“Next thing I heard a voice saying ‘mum.’ It was my son – I had been unconscious half an hour.”
Jennison then contacted her son and told him that his mother had taken pills and grabbed a knife and informed him he had to tie her up for her own safety. Her son stated in court that when he arrived he thought his mother was dead, but when he approached her he heard fain whisper “please don’t hit me again” and immediately called an ambulance to take her to hospital. The local Law Enforcement were contacted in relation to the violent beating and apprehended Jennison two days later.
Hill’s harrowing case should serve as a stark warning to people using online dating apps and websites to find a partner. She admits it was “amazing” for her at first before she realized her husband had a very dark side. She said: “How I survived that, I have no idea. I get flashbacks and I see a therapist because of post-traumatic stress disorder. He had been brilliant with me before that. He didn’t give me any reason to doubt him. But that night, he was a complete bully.”
Her experience has now given her a goal to help warn women and encourage them to take advantage of “Clare’s Law” and look into their partner’s past history. Clare’s Law which is commonly known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme was brought into practice to protect women who could become potential victims of domestic abuse. The law was named after 36-year-old Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, George Appleton, back in 2009.
Hill now believes that the online dating websites and the people who use them, have a responsibility to look into members backgrounds to see if there is any history of violence. Speaking about her own experience, she said: “I met him on Plenty of Fish and that was it. We got on really well and it felt right and nice. He treated me like a queen. He did all the cooking, he was great and looked after me.”
“He had the odd moment but he had never laid a finger on me and I would never have stayed with him if he had. The only time I got that feeling in my tummy was with these moods. But I had lived on my own for 24 years so I didn’t know if I was being over the top,” she continued.
During the court case, prosecutor Brian Berlyne informed the court that Jennison had 13 previous convictions that dated as far back as 1990. His convictions ranged from offenses such as common assault, battery, witness intimidation and causing bodily harm.
Jennison’s last offense was also a domestic violence incident in 2013 when he choked his partner and threw a knife at her. The same woman filed a harassment case against him the next year where it was heard he had sent her abusive text messages and threatened to murder her, he was subsequently convicted of these crimes. He also served a 4 year jail sentence for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
It was reported that Jennison sent a letter to the judge of this latest case, Timothy Smith, in which he said he was ‘mortified’ and ‘truly sorry’ for his actions but it was dismissed. The judge said he had shown ‘little degree of insight’ into his latest infraction and that he had tried to downplay his responsibility in a pre-sentence report.
In a victim impact statement read to the court by the prosecutor, Hill said: “I will never get over the shock of what my husband did to me that night. My daughter had a feeling about him and she didn’t know she could go to the police as a third party.”
It continued: “I work as a carer caring for people all day and it was a nice bit of telly that was easy to watch. But he’s a controlling person and he wanted me to give him the attention. That set him off in a mood. They need stronger sentences for domestic abuse. The person I thought would protect me was the person I needed protecting from.”
Jennison was sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison for his assault on Clare, he also received an extended license period of three years which means even after he is released, he will be at risk of being recalled to prison up until 2024.
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