She was ‘head over heels in love’ with him – he spat in her face, kicked her and forced her to kneel in a field where she thought she might die

manchestereveningnews– A victim of domestic abuse revealed how she feared she would be stabbed to death when her ex-boyfriend forced her to kneel in a field after a row.

Naomi Baxter, 22, said she was “head over heels in love” with her abuser Connor MacDonald, 23, who trapped her in a violent relationship for 18 months.

MacDonald physically assaulted Ms Baxter on multiple occasions – spitting in her face, kicking her and even punching her.

She has since revealed the vile text messages her ex sent telling her he would “love” to kill her and put her “six feet under with her dad”, who sadly passed away when she was just 12.

Preston Crown Court heard how on June, 10 last year, Ms Baxter and MacDonald had been rowing over unpaid rent via direct messages on Twitter.

MacDonald threatened to stab Ms Baxter’s family members and demanded she meet him in a nearby field at 5pm or he’d “smash her gaff to pieces”.

When she arrived to meet him, he ordered her to turn around and kneel on the ground.

But when she looked back at him he had his hand down the back of his jogging bottoms where she thought the knife was.

As she ran from the field, he laughed and told her: “You can go but if you do your whole family will die.”

Thankfully, two passersby found her and called the police.

Ms Baxter said had been too terrified to confide in family and friends about MacDonald’s relentless abuse. She said his manipulation went so far she would apologise for “making him” torment her.

He often threatened to murder her family members and, when she tried to leave him, told her he would kill himself.

MacDonald, of Preston, Lancashire, was jailed for 12 months at Preston Crown Court on Friday (November 13) after pleading guilty to assault and making threats to kill.

Ms Baxter is now encouraging other victims of domestic violence to speak out against their abusers. She said her experience and struggle would not be in vain if it helped ‘a single other person’.

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