Brave battered mum releases shocking pictures of domestic abuse injuries as she pens heartbreaking open letter to other victims

Brave battered mum releases shocking pictures of domestic abuse injuries

7.10.2019

Brave battered mum releases shocking pictures of domestic abuse injuries

A BRAVE mum-of-two has released horrific pictures of the domestic abuse she suffered by her partner – as she pens an open letter to try and help other victims. Maria Hopkins, 23, opened up af…

Maria Hopkins, 23, opened up after being hospitalised and left eating through a syringe when Ricky Wilding, 22, broke her jaw and fractured her spine.

But now, in a more detailed letter released through Wiltshire Police, Maria, from Swindon, has shared further details of the shocking attack.

Maria wrote: "When he was given his prison sentence, and he walked out of the court, that was it. It was all over and I could focus on moving on.

Maria, who is mum to a five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, told how she met Ricky when she was 15 at school.

"He thought I had a new boyfriend and asked to see my phone, but I refused.

Maria was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where she had operations for a broken jaw and fractured spine - including a permanent metal plate fitted to her jaw.

"I never really felt angry towards Ricky about what happened because I was just so focused on recovering from the surgery that I hadn't given him a second thought.

"When the judge was reading out details of the surgery I had required, Ricky looked proud that someone had needed surgery as a result of his actions, and proud of the damage he had caused.

"I'd urge anyone to report information to the police if they are in an abusive relationship.

"It is a huge thing for me to tell my story - if I can help one other person in a similar position to me then it will be worth it."

Read more: The Sun

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