A woman was left with horrific injuries after her thug boyfriend tried to gouge her eyes out during a drunken rage.
Samantha Jenkins, 33, was beaten so badly by her ex Kevin Owen – a broom he was using in the sickening attack snapped in half.
Owen also threw a television and a heavy glass ashtray at Samantha, before trying to strangle her at a flat they shared in Caerphilly, South Wales.
The brutal assault lasted an hour and a half and also saw Samantha’s two front teeth knocked out.
She also had to have stitches for cuts in her head after the bloody beating in November 2014.
Brute Owen was sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of wounding with intent at Cardiff Crown Court in July 2015, but Samantha is living in fear after being informed he is set for release as early as this May.
Mum-of-one Samantha is adamant he shouldn’t be allowed back to their shared town – particularly after he tried to shift the blame on her.
Now in another relationship, Samantha admits the wounds will never heal from her terrifying ordeal and she has been left with trust issues.
Samantha, a carer from Caerphilly, South Wales, said: "I knew he wasn’t exactly ‘the one’ but I had no idea he would turn on me.
"I was fighting for my life when he attacked me – I could easily have died that night.
"What he did has left me insecure and paranoid in my new relationship, I definitely have trust issues after what I’ve been through.
"Now he’s being released I’m even more terrified – it isn’t fair that he gets to come back to Caerphilly after what he did to me."
Samantha started to see Owen’s true colours after they moved into together a few weeks into their relationship.
She said: "At first he seemed fine but he soon became jealous and controlling.
"He was always picking at me and he could be violent and aggressive – he’d hit me on previous occasions – but it got worse and worse the longer we were together, becoming a daily occurrence.
"On the night of the attack a friend was hanging out and drinking at the flat with us when Kevin started to get jealous and argumentative."
Used to Kevin’s controlling behaviour, Samantha told the friend to leave and that she’d be fine, unaware of what was about to happen.
"I’d become quite numb to the abuse and didn’t expect anything truly bad to happen, but something changed in him that night. He wasn’t just shoving me around, he was giving it everything he had," she said.
"He grabbed a mirror and hit me over the head with it, then he was on top of me and beating me with a broomstick.
"He was putting so much force into it that he literally snapped it in half – then he started trying to gouge out my eyes with the handle."
She didn’t know the full extent at the time, but was later told Owen had thrown a glass tray and even a television set at her during the attack.
Samantha continued: "I was fighting for my life, and it lasted for well over an hour, it was endless and I had no idea if I’d make it.
"Eventually, I spotted a piece of cracked mirror next to me on the floor and I hit him with it so he’d get off.
"I grabbed my phone and ran upstairs to call the police. He was still coming at me the whole time but was bleeding heavily, so combined with how much alcohol he’d drank he was a bit hazy.
"I even tried to get out of the bathroom window and was screaming for help, desperate for one of my neighbours to hear what was going on."
The police arrived to a blood bath and immediately arrested Owen, while an ambulance arrived for Samantha.
She spent two days in Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil recovering and having scans to see if any bones were broken.
Samantha said: "My two front teeth had been knocked out, my face was completely swollen and I had to have stitches in my head.
"It was awful – my mum Pam, 56, rushed to be with me and she just cried her eyes out, it must have been so upsetting for her to see."
Samantha decided to press charges and a court date was set. She had to relive the attack via video link.
She said: "He wrote to me to apologise and beg me to drop the charges, but I was determined to see the nutcase put away.
"He could have killed me, and probably would have if I hadn’t got to the phone in time."
Incredibly, in court Owen claimed he had been acting in self defence – a claim Judge Eleri Ross saw through.
He was found guilty of wounding with intent by a jury in court in July 2015 and sentenced to nine years in prison.
Samantha has since happily moved on with partner Kyle, 32, but finds it hard to trust him and men in general completely.
She explained: "Kyle is nothing like Kevin, he’s a real man and looks after me. It’s been hard because I get insecure and paranoid – luckily he knows what I’ve been through and understands."
Samantha was recently told her former partner was set for release in May 2019 and is now terrified he’ll move back to Caerphilly.
She said: "I can’t even imagine just bumping into him while I’m at the shops. He shouldn’t be allowed back, it just isn’t fair.
"I still have scars from that night. I’m not allowed to forget, so why should he?"
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