A mum who was ‘left for dead’ by the father of her child has revealed the heart breaking words her two-year-old keeps saying to her after witnessing the assault.
Jemma Palmer, 37, said her son Archie ‘wet himself with fright’ after his dad Garath Ralph attacked her on August 9.
Her ex-partner flew into a fit of rage over a passing comment made by a stranger on a bus, and fractured Jemma’s jaw in front of their son.
A month on, traumatised Archie keeps saying ‘daddy beat mummy’, leaving Jemma suffering ‘sleepless nights’.
She spoke out following a court case on September 9 in which Ralph was sentenced to just 16 months for the assault.
Jemma, 37, said: ‘It should have been five years at least.
‘He left me for dead and he did it all in front of our son.
‘Archie keeps walking around saying ‘daddy bashed mummy’, and I can’t sleep because of the mental impact.
‘I have to live with this for the rest of my life, and yet he will be out in nine months. The justice system seriously needs changing.’
Jemma’s list of injuries include a cut lip, severe bruising and a haemorrhage in her eye which could cause her eye sight to deteriorate.
A court heard how Ralph threatened her with ‘a good beating’ after a stranger on the bus joked with her about going for a drink.
She said: ‘I’m a jokey kind of person and it was just a comment on the bus.
‘But when I was going to get Archie’s pyjamas, he turned to me and said, ‘why don’t you go s*** that guy from the bus’.
‘I told him to stop being silly and he said to me, ‘You’ve never had a good beating before, have you?’.
‘I said, ‘I beg your pardon’, and then he knocked me to the floor and put both of his hands around my neck and started pushing on my windpipe.’
Jemma said she feared Ralph would ‘kill her’ and tried reaching for the landline to call for help.
But he grabbed it off her and threw the batteries on the floor before punching her repeatedly in the face.
After launching the vicious attack, Jemma says Ralph left the house and hid her mobile phone while she was passed out
She woke up from a blackout to the sound of Archie ‘screaming’ and had to scramble for the landline batteries to phone the police.
‘I kept trying to hide my face so he wouldn’t see the injuries, but he had already wet himself because he was so scared’ Jemma said..
‘How can anyone do that in front of their son?’
34-year-old Ralph appeared at Hull Crown Court where he was sentenced to 16 months in prison for attacking Jemma – but she doesn’t think this is good enough.
She said she had only just got back together with Ralph because he was getting his life back on track and she wanted the ‘perfect family’.
But she has urged other victims of abuse to speak up and says the law on domestic violence needs changing
‘I just want other women and men who have gone through this not to back down. Love is blind, but you have to do something if this happens to you.
‘Don’t suffer in silence. Even though I don’t agree with the sentence, Gareth has been removed from our lives for the time being.’