A war veteran and PTSD sufferer taken to hospital after his girlfriend beat him with a dumbbell in an unprovoked attack.
Rob Bryan, who served in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, was left in a pool of blood in his Manchester flat after his girlfriend, Angelique Doyle smashed a glass and a wine bottle over his head and then beat him with a stool and a 12kg dumbbell.
The 43-year-old, who was discharged from the army with PTSD after 21 years of service, is urging other male victims of domestic violence to speak out.
‘It was terrifying,’ he said.
‘She was battering me and shouting vile abuse while I lay there in pool of my own blood.
‘I’d battled in war zones on the front line, I didn’t expect to be attacked by the person who was supposed to love me.’
Doyle, who had been with Mr Bryan for 15 months, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. She was handed a four-year restraining order against Mr Bryan.
Mr Bryan said that it was love at first sight, but he soon found that Doyle was prone to flying into drunken rages.
‘After her outbursts she would promise to change and I’d accept her apologies,’ he said.
‘I would hate for other men to go through what I went through.’