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A mum narrowly avoided being violently stabbed after her dog jumped in and launched herself at the attacker.
Kirsty Burrows’ ex partner, Jake Shaw, 30, had previously been in prison twice for attacking her. The final occasion could have been deadly, but her dog, a Cane Corso named Jet, "launched itself" at Shaw as he tried to grab her while holding a combat knife.
Shaw, originally from Huddersfield was living with Kirsty in her St Helens home. He has now been jailed for 10 months at Liverpool Crown Court this week after admitting two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Kirsty, reports Liverpool Echo.
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The pair started a relationship after chatting on the online dating site Plenty of Fish, but what started off as an exciting fling became a draining, toxic eight year relationship marked with frequent abuse and flashpoints of extreme violence.
Shaw's latest convictions came after he repeatedly hit Kirsty over the head with a spade, tried to suffocate her and cut her with a knife, all in front of their screaming toddler.
Jet launched herself at Shaw, who grabbed the pet by the throat, pushed her to the floor and stamped on her neck. Kirsty was able to escape to her mother's while he was fighting with the dog.
In a statement which was read out to the court on her behalf, Ms Burrows described how she had since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and suffers from panic attacks and nightmares. She stated that she has been left "feeling worthless", adding: "I feel like my life is rubbish at the moment. I don’t feel like me. I feel like what happened to me is never going to leave me.”
Kirsty also told the ECHO that Jet has suffered the effects of the incident. She said: "I took her to the PDSA and she has been diagnosed with anxiety, she has lost a lot of weight. They had to give her an injection."
She has suffered years of abuse after the pair met in 2015 and added: "At first it was alright. We just got on. He played rugby and that and I thought he was good looking, we just had a laugh.
"But I didn't know anything about his past."
Kirsty says she intends to refer the case to the Attorney' General's office under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, which can refer cases to the Court of Appeal if it is believed the sentence is too low.
When asked what she would say to another woman in an abusive relationship, she said: "It's hard. When you're in that situation you can't just say to someone 'leave'. They will leave when they're ready. This time for me I have had lots of support from domestic violence charities and the police, and I have had counselling."
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