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Drunken thug who battered girlfriend in the street making her face 'explode like an airbag' walks away with community service despite the fact he was on PROBATION

  • Magistrate said NOT sending him to jail would be the tougher option
  • Toby Hayden was serving suspended sentence for previous offence
  • Also assaulted two police officers and had to pay them both compensation
  • Held girlfriend's head with one hand and punched with the other
  • Had earlier drunk shots of tequila, eight pints and three cans of lager


These are the horrific injuries inflicted upon a young woman whose boyfriend flew into a rage when he was unable to withdraw money from a cash machine.

But despite the terrible wounds inflicted upon Loretta Butterworth, 22, by her boyfriend, Toby Hayden, 27, has been spared jail.

A woman who heard Miss Butterworth screaming 'please help me' said she saw Hayden holding her with one hand and hitting her face with the other.

His rage did not stop there and when police went to arrest him he spat in the face of one officer and tried to gouge the eyes of another.

Hayden was already serving a suspended prison sentence, but magistrates decided that not sending him to jail would be a tougher option.

Loretta Butterworth was left with horrific facial injuries after her boyfriend, Toby Hayden, beat her up

Toby Hayden (left) flew into a rage after being told he had insufficient funds and repeatedly battered Miss Butterworth (right) in the face

Chairman of the bench Ms D Slater said: 'We are going to take the hard line by not activating the suspension order.

'Horfield [Bristol prison] would be the easy option, you could get this over with in four weeks.

'But this way you're going to spend the next year and a half addressing your behaviour.

'The suspended sentence will continue. If you breach it again, the next breach is undoubtedly going to activate that suspension order.'


After the hearing Miss Butterworth criticised the sentence and described how her face 'exploded like an airbag' during the assault.

She said: 'When I found out that he had walked free my heart sank. I was shocked and angry.

'He definitely should have gone to prison. He had previous convictions, he had been violent to people before, he was on probation when it happened.

'He resisted arrest, assaulted two police officers, caused criminal damage and that doesn't even cover what he did to me.

The couple lived together before the attack but now Miss Butterworth says she thinks Hayden should have gone to prison

The couple lived together before the attack but now Miss Butterworth says she thinks Hayden should have gone to prison

'He punched me repeatedly, he didn't stop - but that wasn't enough for him so he kicked me in the back of the head as I lay on the floor unable to defend myself.

'He then stamped on my face before walking home to his parents. There was no remorse, there was no concern.'

The attack happened in Chippenham, Wiltshire, as the couple walked home from a day out in Bath, Somerset, on February 9.

Hayden had downed several shots of tequila, at least eight pints and three cans of lager during the evening.

Miss Butterworth said: 'He went to the cashpoint and tried to press the £10 or £20 button but it said insufficient funds, he made a growling noise and started to walk off.

'I went with him to convince him to come home but the next thing I knew and without any warning he had pinned up against a wall.

'He raised his arm and punched me in the face. It all happened so fast I didn't have time to defend myself. It felt like my face exploded, like an air bag had gone off.

'I fell to the floor and he kicked me and stamped on my face. I was knocked unconscious. When I came around I couldn't see out of my eyes as my face had swollen up so much. I looked like a zombie.'

Miss Butterworth needed treatment at the Royal United Hospital in Bath after the attack and could not open her right eye for weeks.

Miss Butterworth has made a good recovery but now lives with her mother

Chippenham Magistrates' Court was told that after Hayden was shown injuries he inflicted on Miss Butterworth, he said: 'I didn't know I was that much of an animal'.

Pauline Lambert, prosecuting, said the couple had been in a relationship for two years and started living together in Christian Malford, Wiltshire, in October.

She said Hayden began beating Miss Butterworth by pushing her against the wall and hitting her with full force on the nose.

Moses Tawo, defending Hayden, said his client had lost his job as a highways maintenance worker after being charged and is now unemployed.

He said: 'There has been genuine remorse. His way of explanation is his alcohol abuse. It isn't domestic violence, it is a random assault.

'He would come back from prison full of problems and there would be a vicious circle. Mr Hayden is a very sick man medically and psychologically and he needs help.'

Hayden, who pleaded guilty to three charges of assault, was banned from contacting Miss Butterworth for two years and ordered him to pay her £750 compensation.

He was also told to pay £250 in compensation to PC Andrew Aves from Wiltshire Police and £100 to PC Joel Bunting, who he attacked when they arrived to arrest him at home.

Shop worker Miss Butterworth, who now lives with her mother in Corsham, Wiltshire, said she had planned to have children with Hayden but now never wanted to see him again.

She said: 'I can't put into words what I think of him. He is scum, he has hit a new low. I never thought he could stoop so low as to hurt someone he loved.

'I think the case should have gone to Crown Court because of his past. I had no idea that magistrates are three people who aren't legally trained.

'At least if it had gone to Crown Court he would have been before a properly educated judge and the full story would have come out.

'I work near him and it worries me that I might bump into him. I really, really don't want to see him.'

Sandra Horley, chief executive of domestic violence charity Refuge, said: 'I was shocked to learn of the horrific assault on Loretta Butterworth by her partner. 

'It is appalling that the severity of this crime has not been reflected in the sentence handed down. A suspended sentence is a woefully inadequate punishment for a dangerous and violent man like Toby Hayden.

'Domestic violence is a horrific crime which kills two women every single week in England and Wales. It must be treated as seriously as any other violent crime. It takes a huge amount of courage to testify against an abusive partner or ex-partner. 

'It is crucial that victims like Loretta feel protected when they find the strength to take their abuser to court. Violent men like Toby Hayden must receive punishment that fits their crime. Until this happens, domestic violence will continue to flourish in our society.'

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: 'Our radical reforms will see everyone released from prison being supervised in the community – including those serving sentences of less than one year.'

If you’re experiencing domestic violence, visit Refuge for support and information, or if you’re worried about a friend or family member, visit 1in4women.

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This news article does not relate directly to the aims of 4F, because it does not result from a political agenda, or some formalised gap in the UK's institutions and laws.  It is just normal crime from a personal agenda.

And yet, if the state is so emasculated and impotent in the face of actions such as these from a random individual, how on earth can it respond to criminal actions permitted and even motivated by the political agenda and directions of Islam?  This society is now so confused and lost over all its moral compass, that it seems to be beyond hope of saving.

After Huhne and his wife were sentenced to 8 months in prison, I heard a policman or solicitor on the radio say "they will be out in 8 weeks because of the requirements to reduce prison over-crowding".  Basically, it means that the prisons simply don't have enough space to keep in all the people sent there, if they are to complete the actual sentence they were given.

Sending someone to prison is now no more than a symbolic gesture.  The expert on the radio went on to say "they will be imprisoned in their house by tagging for a few months".  If the only difference between being in prison is whether or not you can choose to walk between 4 rooms, or you are confined to one room, then Anders Breivik is as well off where he is now as if he was at home.

You can see why in 10 years time, even non-muslims will be starting to say "I approve of sharia law".  They will be so pissed off with regime of crime and punishment where there is no punishment.

You can see why in 10 years time, even non-muslims will be starting to say "I approve of sharia law".  They will be so pissed off with regime of crime and punishment where there is no punishment.

I agree completely.  In fact, when this society is finally taken over by Islam, there will be so many weird and disturbing things going on, that if you are not Christian/Jewish/Hindu/Buddhist or Gay or an Apostate or a woman, it will be a kind of relief.


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