What was supposed to be a sweet wedding night for two long-time sweet hearts turned into a violent mess, a UK court was told.

On the 11th of August last year, Amy Dawson, 22, wed Gavin Golightly, 29, in the north-east of England. Friends said that it was a fresh start for troubled relationship.

The reception was held in a small country hotel where the couple would have spent the night.

Returning to their room after midnight, Miss Dawson then simply requested that her groom help her remove her wedding dress. He was unable to due to the fastenings at the back.

Golightly, a tattoo artist, was offered a crochet hook to unfasten the buttons, but refused. Getting up from his chair, Golightly shoved Miss Dawson to the ground.

He then sat on top of her and started punching her with clenched fists

Miss Dawson, who was left with a cut eyebrow and a bruised face and chest, recalled the terror she felt during the attack, “I thought I was going to die. I was terrified. He looked like he was going to kill me. Eventually, I escaped and found a hotel porter, who called the police.”

Golightly claimed to have no recollection of the attack and claimed that his drink had been spiked.

The prosecution counter, “He remembers waking up in a hotel room and said he does not get angry when he takes drugs.”

Golightly pleaded guilty to assault and causing bodily harm.

He was given a 12-month community service order and a restraining order preventing him from contacting his wife.

The couple have a child together. Miss Dawson told Sunderland Echo that life with Golightly had not been easy.

“When I first met Gavin, he was lovely, I couldn’t fault him. When we found we were having baby, we were delighted.

But almost straight away, Gavin became controlling and manipulative. It was like walking on eggshells.”

Miss Dawson has filed for divorce.

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