January 17, 2022, 17:20

    Woman feared she would ‘be killed’ as ex-partner broke her nose in drunken beating

    Woman feared she would ‘be killed’ as ex-partner broke her nose in drunken beating

    A woman has told how she was brutally beaten by her ex-partner in a drunken rage and left with a broken nose as well as cuts and bruises to her face.

    Zhanet Georgieva, 25, said that she was in an abusive relationship with Joshua James which came to a head in February last year at their home in Taunton, when he launched a sustained attack.

    She suffered facial lacerations, a fractured nose, black eyes, and other injuries in his attack, reports Somerset Live.

    James pleaded guilty in court to charges of causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage against the property. He was sentenced last Friday (January 7) at Taunton Crown Court.

    He was given a 10-month prison sentence which will start at the end of a six-year and eight-month sentence handed down in April 2021 for an attack in Trowbridge town centre in September 2020.

    She was left with bruising and a broken nose

    Ms Georgieva said that she first met James via the dating app, Tinder, and never suspected that he would be capable of anything so vicious, saying: "when you like someone, you go a bit blind".

    She said: "We met on Tinder and started speaking, he was amazing.

    "We met up, went on a few dates, and he painted himself to be this amazing boyfriend that had just got himself into a little bit of trouble.

    "I'm a well-educated woman and I don't normally go for those kinds of boys but he just sold me a dream and sounded so amazing.

    "At that time though he was on a tag because, he told me, he'd just got into a fight with someone on a night out.

    James flew into a rage and first pushed Ms Georgieva's head against a wall

    "I didn't think too much of it – when you like someone you go a bit blind. We got talking more and more and then he had an argument with his mum, who had kicked him out, and I had to go pick him up and he asked if he could stay at my parents' house with me.

    "Basically he manipulated me into saying he could stay, saying 'if you don't I've got other girls I can stay with'. Saying it now I think, what a mug I was to take him in, but I did.

    "He was abusive in the relationship but I didn't realise it, it was emotional abuse. I didn't realise until I started talking to someone about it."

    The assault in February last year took place at Ms Georgieva's home when friends of James came round for dinner and she said that he became drunk before insulting and then violent.

    James smashed up the house
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    She said: "We got into an argument because I told him to calm down, that he was being like this and I was asking what was wrong.

    "I went to hug him because I hadn't seen him like that before, it was embarrassing for me – we had these people over and he's treating me like s**t in front of them.

    "Instead of him apologising or anything he grabbed my head and hit it against the wall. I was in total shock and just ran outside to my car, freaking out and asking why he would do something like this."

    The friends left because of James' behaviour and Ms Georgieva went with them but she said she returned to try and speak with him.

    But when she got back inside the house she found that James had trashed it and then started to attack her again.

    She said: "He finally let me in and there was glass, food, everything all over the place. He dragged me when I got in, put me on the sofa and started beating me up.

    "He fractured my nose, and my whole face was swollen, I had two black eyes, he hit the side of my head, my ribs, everything. I'd never been hit before so I was in total shock.

    Zhanet Georgieva, 25, said that she was in an abusive relationship
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    Zhanet Georgieva/SOMERSET LIVE/BPM MEDIA)

    "I tried to grab my work phone to call someone but he smashed it and my other phone, and he kept on punching me the whole time.

    "As he looked away and went towards the TV, I don't know what he was going to do, but I managed to get away and just sprinted out of the house.

    "I tried to get to the next door neighbour's house, but next thing I remember is I was on the ground and Josh was on top of me saying 'I love you, please come back, I'm so sorry'.

    "In that moment I could only think 'this is not the person I thought he was'. I thought he was either going to kill me in the street or kill me inside so I went into fight or flight mode.

    "I just listened to exactly what he said, he grabbed me and pulled me back into the house."

    Back in the house Ms Georgieva said that James was then worried that he would go back to prison over what he had done – as being outside at that time of day would have triggered his electronic tag.

    She claimed that he showered her to get rid of the blood before the police arrived and detained him.

    She said that, in her state of shock, she initially stuck to James' story, but then told the police the truth of what happened while James was arrested.

    She now says she just wants to raise awareness of what James and men like him are capable of to make sure nobody else gets hurt by them again.

    She said: "It was awful but the worst thing was the heartbreak. I never thought someone who was supposed to love you and you'd taken into your house would do that to you."

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