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Boyfriend ‘battered nurse black and blue’ a week before she took her own life

An "evil" boyfriend who battered his girlfriend "black and blue" a week before she took her own life was jailed for six months today.

Peter Yeung, 35, was branded "calculating and thoroughly dishonest" by a judge for telling Alexandra Reid that police would not believe another partner was abusing her.

The former takeaway worker throttled, kicked and burst the 30-year-old community nurse's lip before calling police to say she would "make up" the abuse.

An inquest found Alex took her life on February 24, 2020, because she feared no one would believe she was being beaten by gambling addict Yeung.

Alex's sister Katy Reid branded Yeung "evil" in a victim impact statement read out in Liverpool Magistrates' Court, the Echo reports.

She said: "This has destroyed my family.

"Peter is an evil person. He is cruel and he battered her black and blue. He emptied her bank account and he gambled away all her money. She was under his spell and he was such a good liar.

"She was a beautiful young woman with the world at her feet."

Yeung, of Toxteth, Liverpool, was found guilty of two counts of assault after trial and admitted criminal damage at the court.

Her death came seven days after she made statements to the police over his assaults on January 17 and February 17 last year.

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District Judge Andrew Shaw described Alex’s suicide as the "tragic shadow" which hung over the case and told Yeung: "Alex had confided in you that she had suffered domestic abuse before and you used this against her and you told her police would not believe it [abuse] was happening again.

"She was a vulnerable victim after being previously attacked and she was manipulated into believing that police would not believe her."

Blasting him as "calculating and thoroughly dishonest", District Judge Shaw said: "You tried to escape the consequences of your actions by misleading the police on the phone and in the evidence you gave to court.

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"Many factors of this case are tragically memorable."

Prosecutor Angela Conlan read a police statement by Alex of the first assault in their home in Anfield. She said he threw her across a wall, pushed her down the stairs, kicked her into a table before branding her a "slag" and throttling her.

She said they broke up but the second assault happened after he returned to the home. Ms Conlan said he "elbowed her in the face, bruising her left cheek and bursting her lip".

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Alex's statement added he smashed the phone so she couldn't phone the police for help. Photos of her bruises were shown in court and Yeung could be heard denying hitting her in a 999 call recording. The force took eight hours to arrive.

He claimed in his December trial that he "didn't know" how Alex's lip was burst and that she was plotting to falsely report Yeung to the police for domestic abuse "like she had with previous partners".

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Vicky Balenski, defending, said her client felt remorse and said he "torments himself every day with what he could have done" to stop Alex's death.

Yeung was sentenced to six months for the first count of assault, four months for the second and one month for criminal damage.

All sentences will run concurrently.

He was also given a restraining order against Alex's family for five years, and told to pay £128 in a victim surcharge fee.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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