A violent thug has been found guilty of throttling his ex-girlfriend only days before she killed herself after a court heard he thought nobody would believe her.
Liverpool Magistrates' Court was told Peter Yeung, 35, violently assaulted his nurse partner Alexandra Reid on numerous occasions. The manipulative abuser is reported to have said that she must have "given herself" the injuries, knowing full well he inflicted them.
He left her with a busted lip on one occasion, Liverpool Echo reported, before telling police she made it up.
Alexandra was found dead at her home in Anfield, Liverpool, on February 24, only days after Yeung was accused of throttling her, kicking her, and leaving her with a burst lip.
The court heard the former takeaway driver manipulated Alexandra, 30, into thinking that nobody would believe she was being abused.
He is even reported to have tried to phone the police to cover his tracks before she found the courage to report him.
At a trial at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Wednesday Yeung was found guilty of two charges of assault and one of criminal damage.
District Judge Andrew Shaw said that the callous boyfriend’s version of events wasn’t plausible.
An inquest earlier this year heard Alex killed herself on February 24, a week after making statements to police, which Judge Shaw described as the "tragic shadow" that hung over the trial.
Yeung was found to have assaulted Alex on January 17 and February 17. He admitted causing criminal damage to Alex's mobile phone.
The couple had been together for about a year but things turned rocky when they began arguing over money after they moved in together, the court was told.
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In a police statement, Alex accused Yeung, who admitted he was a gambling addict, of flushing her money away in casinos after he was made unemployed from a takeaway, which he denied.
The hard-working nurse supported the couple for months, paying all of the rent, and this led to arguments between the pair, the court heard.
On January 21, Yeung and Alex got into an argument before he was due to leave for a new hospitality job, in Widnes.
In a statement from Alexandra, read in court she said: "I can't remember what the argument was over, but I told him to leave which caused him to lose his temper.
"He threw me across a wall in our home, he hit me against the wall and he pushed me down the stairs. He started throwing things around and he booted me into the dining room table."
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Alex went on to say she barricaded herself in the bathroom but Yeung managed to kick the door down and pulled her out by the hair.
She added: "He called me a slag and said 'watch what happens to you, I hate you'."
Alex said he then "throttled" her and took her phone away.
She was found to have bruises on her palm, arm, ankle, neck, chest and neck.
The couple split shortly after this, but still had a month remaining on their tenancy.
Yeung moved to Sheffield for a fortnight, but on February 17 he returned to the house where the second assault occurred.
In her statement, Miss Reid said Yeung smashed the phone so she couldn’t phone the police.
The court then heard how calculating Yeung phoned the police himself to say Miss Reid was going to make up that he had hit her and he wanted to call them so they heard his side of the story.
In a haunting 999 call played to the court, Yeung could be heard shouting at Miss Reid saying, "I haven’t hit you" before she managed to ring the emergency services sometime later to ask if they were on their way.
Yeung said he "didn’t know" how Miss Reid’s lip burst and said she had plotted to falsely report him to the police for domestic abuse "like she had with previous partners".
He was bailed to be sentenced in February for two counts of assault and one count of criminal damage.
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.
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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