A MOTHER who was brutally beaten and had her throat cut by her ex-fiance has to write him regular letters or she will go to jail.
Natalie Allman, 29, was ordered to keep Jason Hughes updated on the lives on their twin sons, after he tortured her in front of them for seven hours.
Ms Allman has to send her attacker three letters a year, along with photos of their five-year-old boys, Sunday People reported.
When the boys were two, they watched their father batter their mum with his dumbbells, slash her throat with an army knife and try to suffocate her with a pillow at their home in Herefordshire, England
Now, the mum of two risks prison for contempt of court if she doesn’t correspond with the monster who subjected her to this sickening attack.
Ms Allman has to send Hughes letters and photos of their kids. Source: Snapper Media
“I feel betrayed that after everything he did his rights mean more than mine — more than my children’s,” she told the Sunday People. “I thought he was going to kill me that night for no reason and my boys saw that. They were terrified.
“I’m so angry that the law still defends his parental rights and that he is still being allowed to control us from behind bars. What about our rights to get on with our lives and forget the trauma he put us through?”
Ms Allman, who had to have cosmetic surgery on her throat wound after the vicious assault, spent almost $6000 of her savings on solicitors’ fees to fight the request, but the order was granted. Now, she has to write to Hughes regularly, and save his letters and cards to the children.
The couple broke up in 2012, with Ms Allman citing his controlling behaviour and heavy drinking. Hughes, 42, was still living in the house until he found somewhere else.
Then the former soldier found out she was seeing someone new. The sleeping mother awoke to him kneeling over her, punching her repeatedly in the face. She passed out and came around at 3am to face another frenzied battering, and another at 6am. He tied her up to stop her escaping, and slit her throat with a knife that missed a major artery by millimetres.
At 7am, she managed to call the police. When officers arrived, the couple’s two-year-old twins were in bed with their mother and covered in her blood.
Incredibly, she survived the horrific attack, which left her with eight wounds to her head and five broken bones in her face. Hughes was sentenced to nine years at Worcester Crown Court in 2012 for malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
In January 2014, Ms Allman received his lawyers’ letter demanding to communicate with the children, and in Easter, she found herself in court.
Now, she has to send photos and “an update regarding the children’s general progress, both at nursery/school and socially, to include details of their health and emotional development”.
She fears the contact could encourage Hughes to come and find them — and he could be out by March next year.