Disturbing CCTV footage shows several incidents where an abusive maniac strangled his ex-partner and threatened his life – including one incident where he was in his underwear.
Thug Christopher Forrest would throw his terrified victim to the ground or around the house while hurling abuse at her in a campaign of domestic violence against her.
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Forrest, 40, appeared in Hamilton Sheriff’s Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-partner to her injury and danger to her life on three separate occasions.
The attacks happened at their home between July 2017 and August 2020, reports the Daily Record.
We can exclusively reveal that in her victim impact statement, the 33-year-old professional told the court that Forrest’s attacks left her feeling anxious and suffering from panic attacks.
She also revealed in court that on one occasion, the crazed Forrest forced banknotes into her mouth as punishment for asking her for money.
The chilling footage, which was recorded on a dog-watching camera when the house was empty, shows Forrest throwing abuse and launching unprovoked attacks on the woman.
In one video, he can be heard gasping for breath as he chokes her and says, “You’re going to die.”
She said: “At the time of each attack I suffered physical pain as noted above and was in shock for many hours sometimes in the form of silence with disbelief at what was happening. happened to me, or in tears and very upset and unable to understand why I deserved this treatment from someone who claimed to love and care for me.
“I came home from work terrified of what I was going to step into, I felt like I was walking on eggshells.
“My abuser was so unpredictable that even when I tried to do something nice, like cook him dinner, he could still lash out.
“I was afraid to ask him anything like put on laundry or tidy up because he would get angry and unpredictable when asked to do these things. As a result, I did everything that needed to be done myself, including DIY, to avoid any explosions.
She said the ordeal left her fearful in certain situations and found it difficult to interact with colleagues and friends.
She told the court: ‘Certain movements or behaviors remind me of some of the abuse I have experienced and as a result make me jump or cringe.
“It causes discomfort around co-workers, friends and other loved ones. My neck is an area I’m particularly sensitive to and I freak out if anyone goes near it.
“I have the impression that since these attacks, I have become more withdrawn. I don’t like and find the physical interactions awkward, uncomfortable and sometimes scary. I’m more focused on people’s body language and can be unnecessarily scared. I try to avoid social interactions and find it difficult to interact with people.
The court heard the relationship began in 2015 and the first assault took place after the woman arrived at her home in Blantyre with groceries on July 6, 2017.
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The couple argued in their driveway where Forrest was working on a one-piece.
Forrest grabbed her by the throat and slammed her against the wall before pushing her against the car with such force that the rear windshield wiper broke. On other occasions, she ended up with a nosebleed and marks on her neck.
The woman eventually reported the matter to the police in September 2020.
Sheriff Linda Nicolson postponed her sentence until next month for a criminal justice social work report and an electronic tagging assessment. Forrest, now of Lochaline, Ayr, had his bail continued.