A thug has been jailed for assaulting his ex-girlfriend

Shocking image reveals how woman, 26, was left with a fractured skull and bleed on the brain after her thug boyfriend assaulted her when she offered to pay for a taxi to stop him drink driving

  • Jodie Taylor, 26, from Liverpool was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend 
  • Kyle Brook,  26, was sentenced to three years last week at Liverpool Crown Court
  • The couple first met when they were 16 and Jodie always ‘forgave’ his abuse
  • She has undergone two years of medical appointments since the attack

A woman has revealed that she was brutally attacked by her former partner when she tried to stop him from driving after drinking.

Jodie Taylor, 26, from Liverpool had been dating Kyle Brook on and off since she was 16, and said that she couldn’t see that she was in a toxic and abusive relationship, always forgiving him and believing she could help him become a better peson. 

But she suffered a bleed on the brain and a fractured skull after a violent attack in March 2020 when she offered to pay for a taxi for Brook, 26, so that he didn’t try to drive home after drinking. 

Brook appeared for sentence last week at Liverpool Crown Court after being convicted by a jury of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

During another attack he squeezed Jodie’s neck until she feared she would pass out, after she refused to take off her pyjamas in bed. 

He was jailed for three years.

Jodie, 26, who works in recruitment was assaulted in her bed when Brook squeezed her neck until she feared she would pass out and was forcefully asked to take off her pyjamas

She was kept in hospital for six days. A scan revealed she had suffered a bleed on the brain and a fractured skull as well as a 2cm laceration to her head and a perforated eardrum

Jodie, 26, who works in recruitment, said: ‘I always thought that I could help Kyle and change him and yet that last attack could have killed me. I will live with the effects of the bleed on my brain for the rest of my life.

‘When you are stuck in a toxic relationship, you can’t see that it is abusive. Looking back, I am horrified that I put up with it for so long.

‘I have a good job, a lovely family and friends. And yet Kyle was absolutely my blind-spot. For many years, I thought that I was to blame for his temper.

‘In court, the defence made me feel responsible, when in actual fact it was all Kyle’s fault, not mine.

Kyle Brook, 26, was sentenced to three years in prison last week at Liverpool Crown Court after being convicted by a jury of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage

‘I don’t think defence lawyers ought to be allowed to victim-shame in that way. If we want people to report domestic violence, they need to be supported and not blamed.’

Jodie and Kyle Brook met aged 16.

Jodie says: ‘He was my first boyfriend and I adored him. There were small signs of jealousy. He wanted a shared Facebook page. 

‘Then he became aggressive and aged 19 we split but stayed in touch.’

The couple had an on-off relationship for the next six years.

Jodie says: ‘Sometimes, he would call me at 3am and profess undying love, other times he was very abusive. 

‘I felt sorry for him and always forgave him. I thought I could help him.’

In August 2018, Kyle stayed over with Jodie. He got drunk and demanded that she take her pyjamas off in bed, and began grilling her about an ex-partner.

When she refused to remove her pyjamas, he got her in a headlock and squeezed her throat.

Jodie says: ‘He was squeezing my throat and I was slapping his legs, frantically, trying to make him release his grip. I thought I was going to pass out. It was very frightening.’


Injuries to the inside of Jodie’s mouth sustained in the brutal attack by her ex-partner (left).  She suffered a perforated eardrum in the attack and was kept in hospital for six days

She met Brook when she was 16-years old and the couple had an on-off relationship for the next six years

Brook sent her messages the next day telling her not to tell anyone what had happened.

Jodie says: ‘By now, my confidence was shattered. I thought that everything was my fault. I wasn’t with Kyle, but I was also unable to move on with another relationship.’

In March 2020, Jodie bumped into Kyle on a night out. Afterwards, she tried to stop him driving because he was blind drunk.

Jodie suffered injuried to her face after she was attacked by her ex-boyfriend when she tried to persuade him to take a taxi home after he’d been drinking 

She says: ‘I even offered to pay for Kyle’s taxi home because I didn’t want him to drink-drive. I went towards the car to try to stop him and that was when he started to attack me.’

Jodie lost consciousness but horrified passers-by called police and she was found bleeding heavily from her ear. They keys were still inside Kyle’s van.

A scan revealed she had suffered a bleed on the brain and a fractured skull, as well as a 2cm laceration to her head and a perforated eardrum. She was kept in hospital for six days.

Jodie lost consciousness but horrified passers-by called police and she was found bleeding heavily from her ear

Jodie has since undergone two year of medical appointments, with steroid injections into her cheek to reduce swelling, and has been left with tinnitus and damage to her sense of smell.

Defending her client at Liverpool Crown Court last week, Hayley Bennett said that him going to prison will have a ‘devastating impact on innocent people’ around him, namely his family, his employee and his customers, as his business will have to close.

Brook was also sentenced for a separate incident of criminal damage which occurred at a hotel.

Before sentencing, judge Louise Brandon said: ‘I saw you give evidence during your trial where you tried to limit what you did or place blame on your victim.

‘I want to make it clear to your victim that they did nothing wrong. The only person to blame for what you did is you.

‘In my judgement, when you lose control in intimate circumstances, you are dangerous.

In court, Jodie said, ‘Victims of domestic violence should not be made to feel guilty for coming to court’

‘The offences are so serious that the only appropriate punishment is immediate custody.’

Brook was sentenced to three years in prison.

Jodie says: ‘When the defence mentioned a ‘devastating impact on innocent people’ it made me feel responsible that Kyle’s family and friends would suffer. Victims of domestic violence should not be made to feel guilty for coming to court. 

‘We need to encourage more women – and men – to come forward. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, in any walk of life, and it’s so important to reach out and offer support.’

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