Bully tied plastic bag round pregnant girlfriend’s neck

A vicious woman beater spared jail after a court heard he had undergone horse therapy battered his pregnant girlfriend only three days later.

Andrew Monks kicked his partner in the genitals, repeatedly stamped on her face, then threatened to scoop out her eyeballs and torture her.

The ex-soldier punched his victim, ripped off her dress, stole her mobile phone and tried to force a spoon into her mouth, on February 26 this year.

The serial bully, 37, of Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, walked free from court on July 30, after a judge was told he was doing "equine therapy" in order to "regain his honour".

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Judge Garrett Byrne gave him 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, for assault causing actual bodily harm, theft and damaging property.

He also sent Monks on a rehabilitation course, a "Building Better Relationships" programme, and told him to carry out unpaid work and pay compensation.

However, his victim – who is carrying Monks' baby – forgave him, said she thought he had changed, and met up with him the following day.

That led to another horrific assault on August 2, when he tied a plastic bag around her neck and the mum was so scared she wet herself.

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Liverpool Crown Court heard the victim was temporarily staying at Hope Street Hotel and met Monks there on Friday, July 31, when all was fine.

The next day Monks said he would collect her dog from the hotel and take it back to her home, while she went to see her daughter in Runcorn.

Katy Appleton, prosecuting, said Monks started sending her texts, asking to borrow increasing amounts of money, and she transferred him £90.

When she returned to the hotel that night, she had received abusive messages from Monks, including one that said: "I hope that thing growing inside you isn't anything to do with me."

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Monks had been drinking and started claiming he was sleeping with his ex-partner, was at her home, and would throw out her stuff for the new baby.

The woman messaged a friend of his called Barry at around 12.30am on August 2, asking for him to help, before drunken Monks turned up at the hotel at around 9am.

Ms Appleton said Monks told her "don't worry, I'm not going to hurt you, I'm not here to hurt you" but she was "terrified" and he goaded her.

He demanded she order him some breakfast, then discovered she had text his friend and said: "You f***ing skank, why are you messaging Barry?"

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Monks shoved the woman with both hands, then spat some of his breakfast in her face, before punching her in the head.

Ms Appleton said he mocked and laughed at her, called her "a little victim" and refused to let her go outside in case she called police, calling her a "rat".

The woman said she wouldn't have called the police as she was genuinely scared her unborn baby would be taken off her and went out for a vape.

When she returned and asked to leave, Monks refused and said "that baby is not even mine, this is my life" – referring to a bottle of vodka in his hand.

He blocked her exit, tried to pull a phone out of the wall to stop his partner calling reception, then dragged her to the floor and put his hand over her nose and mouth, to prevent her screaming.

He warned: "Watch what happens, you've done it now, if I go to jail you're going to lose everything."

Ms Appleton said Monks then tried to tie a plastic carrier bag around her neck.

The victim struggled and managed to fight him off, but was so scared that she wet herself.

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He mocked her again but other hotel guests had heard the attack and alerted staff, who contacted police, leading to his arrest.

Officers said Monks kicked out and spat towards them, then continued to be abusive ahead of an interview, when he made no comment.

He later admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and breaching his suspended sentence.

The woman said: "I was terrified for myself and my unborn baby. I feel completely disgusted, embarrassed and full of shame that I even had contact with him.

"He's behaved like an animal."

The victim was left with bruises to her head and a black eye that lasted two weeks, during which time she didn't see her eight-year-old daughter.

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She told the court: "I still love Andrew, but he can't love me to hurt me how he has."

Monks, who was discharged from the Army in 2007, has 16 past convictions for 33 offences, including domestic violence in 2007, 2013 and 2017.

His appalling record includes once battering his pregnant wife, just weeks after they had got married.

Monks claimed he was ashamed and sorry after his last attack on the woman and that he was trying to address his alcoholism, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

In July, defence lawyers said he would work with The Bridge House Project to tackle his addiction, had a reference and job opportunity from Self Build Heroes, and for the first time a sponsor with Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Judge Byrne was also told how he had undertaken a "much more challenging course", led by military veteran addiction centre Tom Harrison House in Anfield, which involved caring for rescued horses.


On Friday, Stuart Mills, defending, suggested an adjournment so more information could be obtained about his client's PTSD.

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But Judge David Aubrey, QC, said he had all the information he required in the report prepared ahead of Monks sentencing in July.

He jailed Monks for three years in total, including his 18-month suspended sentence, which the judge activated in full.

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