A woman finally broke free from a six year marriage of abuse after accidentally filming her "bully" husband's attack.
Kate Morgan lived in daily fear of Carmine Musto's aggressive rage but felt too trapped to escape, until he physically grabbed her.
Last November the 38-year-old mum of two reached to film him kick off to later show him what he is like, but in doing so she captured a lot more than expected.
Kate left the house in just her pyjamas that night and called the police and has not seen him since, WalesOnline reports.
On Monday, Musto, of Holton Road, Barry, was sentenced to a 24-month community order for assault. In court, Judge Jeremy Jenkins described him as "a typical domestic abuser".
Judge Jenkins told Musto: "You are a coward. And worse than that, Mr Musto, you are not just a coward, you are a bully as well."
Musto had previous convictions for criminal damage in 2009 and a section 4 public order offence in 2015 which the judge said cast doubt on his character.
Kate said she had recorded the assault by mistake.
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She said: I thought I’m just going to hit record on my phone. I didn't mean to record video because it’s not so much what he does but what he says. But I pressed the camera record by accident and the camera was facing up.
"He was grabbing my hands, shoving me and bullying me." She sent the videos to her niece on WhatsApp before he had a chance to see what she'd done: "I thought if he finds them on my phone he will smash my phone up," Kate said.
Kate added: "Anything would trigger him. We had to live trying not to annoy him. He would go off on one. His eyes would change to sinister looking and I would think, oh no, I’ve got it coming."
Although he hadn't physically assaulted her before the incident in 2019, Kate said he would smash doors around the house, and even lifted the bed while she lay on it and let it crash back down, just to stop her sleeping.
The former beauty pageant contestant lived at their home in Barry with their daughter and her son from a previous relationship. "By the end, I was working with my family to figure how to detach from him and start again.
"I knew I just couldn’t live like that anymore."
But Musto, who runs a tattoo shop, was the main breadwinner and Kate, who works as a teaching assistant, had little financial backing to go it alone.
Kate said: "He would say if you leave, then I’d have no money. He controlled the finances."
"He was a bully, an absolute bully."
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
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