Violence breeds violence. Sometimes, the victims are so neglected and terrified that they think there is no hope of being rescued. This nine-month-old baby was saved after it went viral, so visual evidence offers strong proof to fight against people who are violent. An abused husband set up a hidden camera at his home to film his wife assaulting him. This was a way of him to fight back and prove the police that he was telling the truth. The aftermath was surprising for all.
An abused husband set up a hidden camera in his home to film his wife assaulting him. This was a way for him to fight back and prove to the police that he was telling the truth. The aftermath was surprising for all.
Forty-five-year-old teacher, Neil Tweedy had spent over a decade being physically abused by wife Helen. Helen, who is also a teacher, would attack him after drinking heavily. It happened even on their wedding night, when Helen smothered him with a duvet and then made him sleep on the sofa. Neil temporarily left the family home in Salford, but would returned.
However, Helen continued with her behavior even after she gave birth to their baby. Neil didn’t tell the police anything.
After their baby was born, he decided to set up a hidden camera and filmed the abuse over a two-month period. Helen was caught slapping Neil and swearing at him, once in front of their little girl.
Neil then handed the footage of three assaults over to police because he feared her violence might escalate. After Helen appeared in court, she admitted the three charges of common assault by beating. The court gave her a restraining order to keep her away from her husband.
Prosecuting, Robin Lynch said: “The first three years were described by the complainant as ‘amazing’ but the defendant began to drink in private and sometimes there was some controlling behaviour. The defendant took over her husband’s finances and told him that he had to hand over all of his wages to pay the bills”.
“In 2005 on a family holiday they were with the defendant’s parents and she shoved and pushed him and slapped him in the face. The complainant said from then on it became a regular thing. There were many happy times but it was not unusual at all for this to happen. Despite this, they married in 2008 but that night he was assaulted and kicked and punched to the head and body. She placed a duvet over his head for the assault to continue and he slept on the sofa”.
Apparently, the defendant stopped drinking throughout the pregnancy but continued drinking again after the baby was born. She was born four years ago.
James Street, defending, said: “Really, all of these problems come from a long-term drinking problem which has led to significant mental health issues.”
Helen was given a 12-month community order with 120 hours’ unpaid work and a restraining order for 12 months.
After the sentencing, Neil spoke about the situation from home.
“I don’t support the restraining order as it will make access between her and our child difficult. We can’t be amicable because of the restraining order but if there wasn’t one in place then I’m sure we would be.
“The problem was just alcohol, she was admitted to hospital twice in the past year and could have died. Something had to change. It’s not the kind of problem where she wakes up needing alcohol, it’s just the binge drinking at weekends that’s caused this.