A doctor said she was lucky to escape with her life after her husband launched a brutal drunken attack on her.
Becky Dougherty, a GP in Widnes, Cheshire had fallen asleep on the sofa watching television when Gareth Dougherty, 45, came home and savagely beat her.
The 47-year-old screamed ‘he’s going to kill me’ to police down the phone as he chased her round their bungalow in Widnes at around 11.30pm on May 6.
Dougherty, who is a managing director of a Cheshire Machinery Limited, only ended his savage assault once he heard police sirens rushing to the scene.
Mr Dougherty pleaded guilty to assault at Chester Crown Court on Friday, but avoided jail as he was sentenced to eight months suspended for two years.
Becky Dougherty, a GP in Widnes, had fallen asleep on the sofa watching television when her husband Gary, 54, came home and savagely beat her
In between blows, Mrs Dougherty managed to call police again where she pleaded for help. She is convinced she would be dead if it were not for their swift response.
She added: ‘The police saved my life. I think the police are angels. I would have been dead if it hadn’t been for them. They have been really supportive.’
Despite her praise for the police, she believes the court system has ‘let her down’ after he was not given a custodial sentence.
She added: ‘I stood up and faced him in court. He showed no emotion at all.
‘In fact, in Magistrates’ court, he was glaring at me and had to be told to stop by court staff. The police were brilliant but I think the court system has let me down.’
Speaking about her horrific ordeal, Mrs Dougherty said: ‘He came after me and started smashing my head on the mantle piece and rammed me against the wall. He absolutely battered me.
‘He started laying into me with his fists. There was blood everywhere. I was begging him to stop. He was trying to kill me.
‘I grabbed my mobile. He tried to get it off me but I put a call into the police.’
Mrs Dougherty suffered severe swelling above her left eye (pictured left) and had two black eyes for some time after the incident (right)
Mrs Dougherty had to undergo CT brain scans at Whiston Hospital due to the severity of the attack. She suffered a large swelling on the left side of her temple and extensive bleeding a bruising from the attack.
Her ordeal has left her suffering from PTSD, headaches, anxiety attacks and flashbacks, and has struggled to cope since going back to work.
‘I had two black eyes and had to wear sunglasses seeing patients,’ said Becky, who works at a practice in Chester.
‘I felt so ashamed and embarrassed. The worst thing was bursting into tears in between patients.’
Mrs Dougherty revealed she married her husband just nine months before he launched his viscous assault.
‘It was one of the most terrifying things, the way he flew at me,’ added Mrs Dougherty.
Becky Dougherty, 47 and Gareth Dougherty, 45, prior to his brutal attack
Mrs Dougherty has spoken out about her ordeal in the hope other victims will speak out
Mrs Dougherty said her husband had a drink problem but had never attacked her before
‘He had a drink problem and could be verbally aggressive. He has never hit me before.
‘I have done nothing but love him. I feel as if my life has been blown apart. I have filed for a divorce.’
She has spoken of her ordeal in the hope that other victims will speak up and not suffer in silence.
‘I worked as a prison doctor and have done forensics,’ she said.
‘I spent two years in psychiatry before becoming a GP. When I saw the evil look in his eyes I thought he was going to kill me.’
She added: ‘It must be 10 times worse for women who are financially dependent on their partner or have children. I can understand why they don’t leave their homes but help is available.’
Dougherty changed his named from Evans after they married.
He was sentenced to 20 days of rehabilitation, 120 hours of unpaid work and a restraining order was imposed for five years.
Dougherty was sentenced to 20 days of rehabilitation, 120 hours of unpaid work and a restraining order was imposed for five years
The sofa in their marital home was left blood-stained after his savage attack earlier this year
Blood was left on the mantlepiece of their home following his brutal attack