It was meant to be Amy Dawson's special day. The day that every girl dreams about.
Amy married her partner Gavin Golightly on a perfect Saturday afternoon, with the perfect reception afterwards surrounded by their closest family and friends.
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When the day was coming to an end, the couple returned to their hotel room where Dawson asked her new husband to help her remove her dress.
It was at this moment that the fairytale started to become a nightmare.
Golightly became frustrated that he couldn't get the dress off and an argument broke out, according to The Mirror.
He then threw Dawson to the floor where he hopped on top, and began punching her. The attack left her with a cut eyebrow and bruised chest and face.
Amy managed to escape and alert hotel staff who called the police.
Golightly claimed that his drink was spiked, however pleaded guilty to the assault.
Dawson told The Daily Mail that his behaviour changed once she gave birth to their first child.
"When I first met Gavin, he was lovely, I couldn’t fault him. He was caring and loving, and when we found we were having baby, we were delighted. I fell pregnant after eight months, but almost straight away, Gavin became controlling and manipulative. It was like walking on eggshells. When he lashed out at me on my wedding night, I thought I was going to die. I was terrifed. He looked like he was going to kill me."
Golightly was slapped with a 12-month community order, and a restraining order where he's not allowed to contact Dawson or their child.
"The community order was far too soft. The restraining order is the only thing keeping me strong. He means nothing to me now," she told Daily Mail.
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