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'I'm scared he'll kill' - woman beaten by husband demands that he is deported

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Muhammed Tajik outside court during his trial in 2017. Picture: Courtpix

Muhammed Tajik outside court during his trial in 2017. Picture: Courtpix

‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley

‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley

‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley after the assault

‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley after the assault

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Muhammed Tajik outside court during his trial in 2017. Picture: Courtpix

A woman who was severely beaten by her husband while she was pregnant is calling for him to be deported after his release from prison, saying: "I'm scared he'll kill a woman next time."

Susan Walmsley feared she would die during the brutal assault by Muhammed Tajik at an apartment on Lower Rathmines Road in Dublin in December 2015.

She said Tajik, originally from Afghanistan, had "groomed" her on Instagram. He applied for asylum in Ireland in 2015.

After a short and volatile marriage, asylum seeker Tajik attacked Ms Walmsley, who was pregnant, fracturing her jaw and eye socket, and causing swelling to her neck.

The assault took place after Ms Walmsley had burnt a pizza and found a new job - a move she made to win back her independence.

Tajik pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and was sentenced to three years in December 2017 at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

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‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley

‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley

‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley

He was released from prison last month and Ms Walmsley is concerned he is again trying to attract women online. "He's served two years two months in prison," Ms Walmsley said. "But he hasn't changed. He's back online stating he's an MMA fighter, just as he had with me.

"He's a danger to women, he's a master manipulator.

"One more punch and I believe I'd have died, I'm sure of it.

"If I hadn't lied to him that I still loved him, that I understood, that I forgave him and that I wouldn't tell anyone, I think my life would have been over."

Ms Walmsley miscarried twins shortly after the assault. She still suffers jaw pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

"I have lesions on my brain, my jaw didn't heal properly, as I have a displaced disc, so I might have to have an operation to rectify that," she said.

"I lost the whole set of teeth on my upper left side and had them replaced along with all my back teeth.

"I was told a week before he was released and I've been to see domestic violence services for a safety plan.

"I couldn't believe he was already online boasting about MMA. That's exactly what he did to attract me, so I don't believe he's learned any lesson.

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‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley after the assault

‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley after the assault

‘Groomed’: Susan Walmsley after the assault

"He groomed me online, as he knew I was into MMA. We started liking each other's pictures and he sent messages."

Ms Walmsley was living in England and Tajik was in Turkey when they struck up a relationship. They married in Turkey in 2015 and later moved to Dublin.

"He coerced me into marrying him. Even two days before the wedding, I had a black eye. I was afraid I couldn't get out of it, so I married him," she said. "I'm scared he'll do this again to another woman and he shouldn't even be living in Ireland, after this.

"I'm scared he'll kill a woman next time.

"I believe he is a danger to women in Ireland. He should be deported after the crime he committed.

"My wish is he is deported to keep women safe in Ireland. He's a danger and has lost any right to stay here."

The Department of Justice said it could not comment on individual cases but it added there were "public safeguards set out in law against persons seeking international protection who have committed serious crimes in the State".

Ms Walmsley encouraged women suffering domestic violence to contact the Women's Aid's 24-hour helpline on 1800 341 900.

Irish Independent