Appeal launched Thug whose girlfriend took her own life after assaults says six-month sentence is "too harsh"
The young woman took her own life after he terrorised her and dumped her barefoot at side of road
This is the twisted woman beater jailed for a series of terrifying assaults on his partner who tragically took her own life shortly after.
Anthony Cauldwell was jailed for just six months, but he feels even that is too harsh for his crimes and is currently out on bail as he waits to appeal the sentence.
Cowardly Cauldwell, of Drumbreda Gardens in Armagh, launched a sickening attack on his then partner last July.
After grabbing her by the throat a couple of times he then tried to drive off but his young partner tried to stop him as she was concerned he’d harm himself as he’d been drinking.
Boozed-up Cauldwell then got a kitchen knife and went on a terrifying drive with his partner forced to sit in the passenger seat while he dished out threats to her.
When she made a desperate attempt to get him to pull over so she could get out, the 27-year-old thug dragged her out of the car by her waist – only stopping his assault when a third party challenged him.
Cauldwell drove off in the car, leaving his petrified partner by the roadside in her bare feet with cuts to her knees and a bruise over her eye.
Enniskillen Magistrates Court, sitting in Omagh, was told how the young woman had struggled to deal with her ordeal and soon after took her own life.
In a tear-jerking victim impact statement, his victim’s mother revealed how her 20-year-old daughter had suffered from pains, depression and even hair loss in the aftermath of the assaults.
Her mother told how her daughter “often suffered night terrors during which she would wake screaming from sweat-soaked sheets reliving the harrowing ordeal she experienced”.
On Wednesday the Sunday World called at Cauldwell’s door to ask if he felt any remorse about his actions.
Standing in his dressing gown and smoking a cigarette, cocky Cauldwell invited us to come back for an interview in half an hour.
However, other family members appeared at the door and told us he wouldn’t be speaking to anyone until after his appeal had been heard.
According to his Facebook status, Cauldwell posted about being in a new relationship with another woman two months after his victim had taken her life.
Cauldwell was appearing for sentencing on possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of common assault against the young Portadown woman, having denied all charges until the case was due to be contested.
In the victim impact statement read out to the court the mother wrote: “This victim personal statement should be composed by my daughter, but she’s no longer with us. After the events of July 14, 2019, my beloved daughter took her own life – on October 9, 2019.
“The attack left her with cuts to her eyes and painful bruises to her body. This left it difficult for her to rest and sleep. She became very depressed and the stress caused her to suffer from alopecia.
“In the weeks after the attack, depression, alopecia and lack of sleep caused her to withdraw from her friends and social interaction.
“She became terrified at the prospect of leaving the house on the occasions when she managed to get to sleep she often suffered night terrors, during which she would wake screaming from sweat-soaked sheets reliving the harrowing ordeal she experienced.”
She said her daughter had been the victim of “intimidation on social media” which included a photo in which Cauldwell is shown “wielding an axe”, which prosecution provided to the judge.
The victim’s mother added: “I have been left bereft of my daughter, one of my best friends. The children she would have had and the precious moments that we would have shared together over the years that were to come.
“Her father is left heartbroken and will never have the opportunity to walk her down the aisle; her siblings have lost a wonderful sister and friend. We pray for the strength to continue on, without her.”
Defence barrister Scott McWhinney said the photo of his client with an axe had been posted not by Cauldwell but by a friend.
The barrister told the court the defendant’s only previous convictions had related to motoring matters and that he was currently carrying out an apprenticeship to become a baker.
He also stated: “I would note the contents of the victim impact statement by the injured party’s mother. I would ask your worship not to draw too stringent a connection between the tragic turn of events.”
District Judge Keown stated: “The probation report... highlights a number of concerns that they have such a lack of victim awareness and empathy, and lack of responsibility for your actions, as well as a list of other issues of concern that probation have in relation to your involvement in these offences.”
He continued: “In terms of the assault guidelines there are aggravating features. You had a weapon in your possession at the time of the second assault, which the victim knew.
“In the first assault, those attempted strangulation and these offences obviously occur in the context of domestic violence.
“There’s also, in my view, additional degradation of the victim or set it in the aggravating factors by the fact that she was effectively dumped barefooted on the side of the road and far from home.”
Cauldwell was sentenced to six months in prison and released on bail to appeal.