Josh Paniagua | ANTIMEDIA
Our story begins in 2008 when Natalie Allman met Jason Hughes. The two dated for two years until 2010 when they got engaged. Soon after their engagement, the couple expected twins. However in February 2011, due to Jason’s excessive drinking problem and controlling tendencies, Natalie called off the engagement and the two separated and continued living together until Jason found another place to live.
Natalie Allman awoke to Hughes smothering her with a pillow on February 3, 2011. He then proceeded to batter her head and face with a dumbbell. After suffering 8 wounds to the head and 5 facial fractures, Hughes grabbed a blade and slashed her throat with it, leaving a nearly 8 inch gash and missing a major artery only by a couple millimeters.
The battering and bleeding all lasted about 7 hours until Natalie was finally allowed to call an ambulance. Authorities arrived to find her lying in bed covered in blood with her two frightened 2-year old sons who had witnessed the whole thing.
Natalie later needed cosmetic surgery to rebuild her throat. Hughes did this all because she told him she was seeing somebody else and he wanted to make her look “ugly”. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison in 2012.
Ms. Allman later recovered and had another child with a new partner in 2013. But just when things were going back to normal and she had her new life on track, Jason Hughes applied for a Residence and Contact Order under the Children Act of 1989, demanding 6 letters and year and phone calls from their twin boys on their birthdays and Christmas.
As one could imagine, Natalie fought the Order. Unfortunately, the court ruled that she send 3 letters a year to keep Hughes updated on the boys. If she fails to write Hughes, she could be held in contempt of the court, resulting in potential prison time or a fine.
Surely one could see the problem with this picture. While it is true that while we’re talking about a brutal assault case, we’re also talking about the relationship between a father and his kids. Still, this particular father bludgeoned their mother, slashed her throat, and left her to bleed for 7 hours in front of his two boys. I’m not an expert in parenting or child psychology, but that kind of influence or presence in a child’s life doesn’t seem to be quite necessary.
“We are the victims, not him,” Allman says, “I thought he was going to kill me that night for no reason and my boys saw that. They were terrified.”
But of course, it’s not just the Order itself that is clearly outrageous, but the consequences she could face in a scenario in which she refuses to write letters to her attempted murderer.
“I could end up being split up from my children and sent to prison when he was the one who attacked me,” Allman states, “I’m the one being treated like a criminal.”
Do you agree? If so, you may be able to help by signing this online petition demanding Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling review the order granted to Hughes.