A woman whose abusive husband bit off her nose in a rage has spoken out about the horror of being trapped in a violent relationship.
Lynne Gough told how her husband Nick punched her violently in the face for half an hour until it was so numb that when he then bit her, she didn’t realise that he had bitten off her nose.
‘I remember it all like it was yesterday,’ she said. ‘He’d been punching me in the face that much I was numb.
‘Then he attacked with his teeth – and I didn’t realise until afterwards that he’d actually bitten off my nose.’ She says.
Lynne, who had been married to Nick for 24 years and had six children with him, said she had only recently reunited with her former husband after leaving him for another man after years of abuse and aggressive behaviour drove her out of the marital home.
‘Nick was always a bully and very controlling,’ she said. ‘He would run at me with fists but would never land a punch. Or he’d run at me with a knife.
Lynne says that Nick had always been a very jealous man – something that at the beginning of their relationship she found flattering.
However, his jealousy and possessiveness soon transformed into a dangerous rage that he would unleash on Lynne without warning.
‘I found work in a care home and after a few years became a manager. He hated the fact that I had freedom. He wanted me at home the whole time,’ Lynne says.
‘He would wait for me at the front door and accuse me of having affairs with people at work.
Lynne says the jealousy began in earnest when she had her first child with Nick.
‘Even in the hospital on the day our baby was born he accused me of having affair with one of the members of staff.
‘Then after that it was anyone. If I went shopping it was someone I’d meet on the street, or people at the children’s school.
‘He’d even question me if my underwear matched.’
‘When we were young and in love I thought it was flattering. But when I went out to work it got worse.
‘Neither of us had any friends,’ she says. ‘I wasn’t allowed to socialise. One day at the pub a man kissed me on the cheek. Nick accused me of having an affair with him, even though we’d only met half an hour earlier.
‘That night when we got home, he started drinking more and got really aggressive and abusive.’
Shockingly, Lynne reveals that Nick would subject her to what he called ‘Chinese Water Torture’ at nights – splashing water on her face and straddling her, holding her eyes open – in an attempt to force her to admit to affairs.
Yet still she could not leave him, saying that she loved him so much, she ‘put up with it’.
‘I loved him. We had children together. I was a mother. I wanted to put my children first. But you can only stand so much.’