A woman who was battered so badly by her evil boyfriend her family did not recognise her has urged victims of domestic violence to speak out.
Derrick Robinson, 49, lashed out at Sinead Noone, 27, leaving her with a fractured cheekbone, broken nose and a damaged eye socket.
Shockingly, her right eye was so badly swollen her eye ball protruded half-an-inch out of her socket.
Sinead cannot remember the attack but when she regained consciousness Robinson tried to cover up his actions telling police she had hit her head on a table.
He lashed out at her a day after Valentine’s Day last year after she returned from being out with friends.
Robinson was jailed for 13 years at Leicester Crown Court after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent following a trial.
Yesterday Sinead, from Coventry, bravely spoke out against domestic violence and urged other victims to report their abusive partners to police.
Recalling the savage attack, she said: “I don’t know whether it was a fist, a knee or a foot that hit me first.
“He kept coming and coming, I just curled up in a ball.
“I lost consciousness then I woke up in bed.
“He thought he could nurse me better. There were three flannels covered in blood next to me.
“The pictures only show the facial injuries, the rest of my body was black and blue.
“My cousin works at University Hospital. She didn’t recognise me when I came in.
“What happened to me isn’t just your average black eye.
“It might start out that way but this is what happens at the end.
“If you are being abused by a partner you might end up like me, and I was lucky I survived.
“It might have been worse. He left me on that bed. I could have had internal injuries, I could have bled to death.
“Before it happens get out. It doesn’t matter if you think it’s love or if he’s all you’ve got, no one should be able to do that and get away with it.
“I couldn’t do that at first but I’m so glad I have now.”
Robinson, who was jailed for 10 years in 2001 for stabbing an 18-year-old man to death, launched at Sinead on February 15 last year.
Sinead went out with friends but when she returned home they started arguing and Robinson flipped and battered her unconscious.
Less than a fortnight before the brutal beating Sinead had watched her father’s killers jailed for his murder.
RAF veteran Peter Wilson, 47, was stabbed to death in 2010 but it took two trials before a jury found Dana Webb and her boyfriend Raymond McEnery guilty.
The trauma of his death and the subsequent court hearings meant Sinead relied on Robinson even though he started attacking her two months into their relationship.
Sinead said: “He did everything for me, it was how he controlled me. He bought things for me and at first I felt like I needed him.
“But the verdicts at the second trial gave me strength. I know my dad is watching over me and he has helped me though this he’s my guardian angel.”
In 2001, Robinson was jailed for ten years for stabbing Leigh Gourlay-Jones, 18, to death, in Stoke Heath, Coventry.
The attack stemmed from a domestic dispute between Robinson and a former partner.
A jury cleared him of murder because he had been provoked but they found him guilty of manslaughter.
Sinead said: “I knew about his past but Derrick told a different story.
“I thought because he was older he would look after me, not do something like this. I’d finished with him before but he would cry and find his way back into my life.”