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Muhammed Tajik was jailed for three years in December 2017

Muhammed Tajik was jailed for three years in December 2017

Muhammed Tajik was jailed for three years in December 2017

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.

Tajik, originally from Afghanistan, had "groomed" Ms Walmsley on Instagram and he "coerced" her to help him move from Turkey to Ireland.

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

The serious assault took place after Ms Walmsley had burnt a pizza and found a 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.

He was released on February 19, and Ms Walmsley is concerned he's again trying to attract women online.

"He's served two years, two months in prison," she 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. His sentence should have been much heavier.

"The fact I'd been held in an apartment for three months up to the attack wasn't even included in the case.

"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, who miscarried with twins shortly after the assault, still suffers jaw pain, PTSD and depression, and she's very concerned about Tajik dating again in Ireland.

"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.

Boasting

"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. He hasn't shown any remorse.

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

"He told me he was from Russia and that he was a black belt. I was in England at the time and he was in Turkey.

"The police told me he found out everything he needed to know about me to groom me, to become the perfect man I was looking for. He knew how to be, how to manipulate me.

"We got married in Turkey in August 2015."

"I'm scared he'll do this again to another woman and he shouldn't even be living in Ireland after this."

When Ms Walmsley, who has relatives from Ireland, moved to Dublin with Tajik, he had no income and relied on her savings to live in the city.

She planned to start a new life in the capital, renting an apartment for them to share, but the violence spiralled.

"He assaulted me again and I left for England," Ms Walmsley said. "But when I was away, he threatened suicide and I came back to help him. I felt sorry for him."

It was on this occasion when she says he held her "captive" in the apartment, from September until December 2015.

"He took control of my money, my bank pin for my bank account," she said. "It was mostly psychological but he used to strangle me until I lost consciousness. He also smashed my head against a wall and grabbed me. My arms were covered in bruises. I was in a constant state of anxiety; I hardly slept.

"He let me eat once a day and he didn't even let me go to the toilet alone. He stood in there with me.

"I went to bed with his arm around my neck, so I couldn't move.

"I never thought it would be me, that a man could manipulate me like that, but I fell in love with someone who didn't exist. This was in fact a very dangerous man.

Deported

"He held me prisoner in my own apartment for three months. He held my money, my freedom. I believe he is a danger to women in Ireland. He should be deported after the crime he committed.

"He put himself down as an asylum seeker and his place of origin is Afghanistan, a fact I only found out when I saw his birth certificate."

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".