I was horrifically attacked by evil boyfriend who hid his violent past – he’s a monster

 A BRAVE mum has revealed her horror injuries after being left for dead by her ex-partner who hid his violent past.

Helen Procter, 40, had been at the pub with Daniel Burton when he dragged her inside their home in Hull and threw her against the living room wall.

Helen was left with horrific injuries
Helen was left with horrific injuriesCredit: MEN Media

He then kicked her multiple times in the face during the savage attack as she screamed for his elderly mother, who was upstairs, to help.

After leaving Helen just inches from death, Burton took her phone so she couldn't call for help then started calmly watching TV.

He eventually took her to hospital where he lied about Helen's injuries and made her tell nurses she was just drunk.

She later told nurses Burton had attacked her and he was arrested.

Helen's daughter Abbie told Hull Live: "When I went into the hospital to see for myself I walked in and said, ‘that’s not my mum’.

"If I hadn’t known it was her, I’d have thought I was in the wrong room."Her toes were the only way I could recognise her as we’ve all got distinctively long toes in our family. The police said that in 15 years it’s the worst case they’d seen."

Helen and Burton met through pals in 2018 and Abbie was delighted her mum had found a kind man to look after her.

But she was unaware Burton had a violent past and had attacked an ex-partner.

Helen made the brave choice to release photos of her injuries in a bid to raise awareness of Clare's Law.

The scheme allows police forces across the country to disclose information to a victim or potential victim of domestic abuse about their partner's previous offending.

Abbie said: "We want people to know about Clare’s Law and to get help if you are scared.

"After the incident mum said she had already started feeling scared of him a few weeks before. Maybe if she had told us we could have helped her.

"He can’t get away with another incident like this - he’s a monster."


Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service - available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Helen and Burton had been out celebrating the pubs re-opening last April when the horror unfolded.

The mum was left physically and emotionally scarred by the attack.

Abbie said: "I thought I was going to lose her. It was touch and go for a while.

"For a long time after it was all I could see when I closed my eyes.

"A psychiatrist who checked her over later said mum will never be the same again. She still needs an operation on her jaw and has teeth missing, so needs dentures. Her vision is still not 100% she does look really different.

"An old school friend she hadn’t seen in years wouldn’t recognise her."

Burton appeared in court on January 4, where he was jailed for seven years for grievous bodily harm.

Abbie said: "It wasn't until Dan was in court we realised he has done this before on record. Clare’s Law would have showed us he was known to do this.

"If we’d known, we could have prevented this."

Helen was attacked after a night out with her partner
Helen was attacked after a night out with her partnerCredit: MEN Media
She has been left physically and emotionally scarred
She has been left physically and emotionally scarredCredit: MEN Media
Burton was jailed for seven years
Burton was jailed for seven yearsCredit: MEN Media

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