Woman Beaten Black and Blue by Boyfriend for 6 Hours Begs Others to Use Clare's Law

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A woman subjected to a horrific six-hour beating by her violent ex is speaking about her ordeal to raise awareness of Clare’s Law.

Kirby Weegram, 22, begged abusive Johnathan Graham to stop as he strangled and suffocated her in a prolonged and terrifying assault.

Convinced he was going to kill her, Kirby even pleaded with Graham, 32, to let her write a farewell letter to her family.

 

She says that if she has used Clare’s Law to check Graham’s criminal past she would have found out he had previous convictions for violence against women and she could have left him before he attacked her.

Kirby suffered bruising on every part of her body after she was punched, kicked and beaten with a piece of wood following the attack at Graham’s flat in Hartlepool.

Now, she’s telling her story in order to encourage other women to use Clare’s Law, which gives any member of the public the right to ask police for full disclosure on their partner’s past, and get out of violent relationships before it is too late.Kirby, a carer, said: ‘I used Clare’s Law after Jonathan had attacked me as I was curious to see if he had any previous convictions.

‘I found out that he had previous convictions for violence against women. I only wished I had done this sooner, because I would have left him straight away.

‘I want to warn other women to use Clare’s Law if they have any doubts about a partner.’

Kirby claims that Graham was charming at first and he convinced her that rumours about his behaviour were lies.

A few weeks into the relationship they began to argue and she Kirby describes how Graham changed instantly during a row ‘like Jekyll and Hyde’.

Kirby grew increasingly concerned about his temper and started taking nightshifts to avoid him.

The night she was attacked on August 19 last year Kirby had bumped into Jonathan on a night out and the couple argued before heading back to his flat, where he became violent.

What is Clare's Law?

Also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, Clare’s Law is named after 36-year-old Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, George Appleton, in Salford 2009. He had a history of violence against women.

Clare’s Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner could pose a risk to them.

The legislation also allows members of the public to make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.

Kirby added: ‘When we got in, I went straight into the toilet and he followed me in and punched me to the side of the head.

 

‘I fell to the ground and he started kicking and punching me. I tried to escape into the bedroom but he followed me and pushed me onto the bed and tried to suffocate me under the duvet. He strangled me about six or seven times.

He said “you are never leaving this flat, I’m going to kill you tonight”.’

She added: ‘He spat and me and threw things at me. I genuinely thought that I was going to die. He told me “you should be lucky that I’m not a sexual deviant or I would rape you”.’

He bit into a wine glass and started chewing the glass whilst telling his terrified victim ‘this is how indestructible I am’ and later told her that he was going to kill himself and frame her for his murder.

Kirby pleaded with Graham to let her leave for a shift, he followed her as she walked home barefoot and bloodied, begging her to give him half an hour head start on the police.

Kirby suffered lacerations and bruises over her entire body, two black eyes, a popped nose and a haemorrhage in her left eye from the lack of oxygen due to strangulation.

At Teesside Crown Court Graham, of Lewis Grove, Hartlepool, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill and was jailed for 21 months.

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