A thug on a 72-hour drink and drugs bender hit his girlfriend so hard with a machete it broke.
The terrified woman said "the man of her dreams became the man of her nightmares" when their relationship turned violent, a court heard.
Aron Jae Condor, of Clayton in Manchester, turned on his girlfriend, leaving her with potentially life-threatening injuries in the frenzied attack in the early hours of the morning, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The muscle from her right shoulder was left exposed after he sliced through it and she told Manchester Crown Court she is now serving a mental and physical life sentence for the damage he caused her.
The woman had been asleep when the 40-year-old began raining blows on her head and back with the blade.
The pair had met in the summer of 2016 and had an 18-month relationship.
Things started off well, the court heard, but the defendant started suffering from "increasing bouts of depression fuelled by alcohol and drugs".
The relationship turned violent and Condor became paranoid.
It was on February 24 this year, after Condor was high on drink and drugs from a three-day bender, that he carried out his brutal attack.
The couple had argued over the contents of an "innocuous" WhatsApp message in the early hours of the morning.
Toxicology reports found that Condor had cannabis, alcohol and a metabolite of cocaine in his system, Miss Andrea Lock, prosecuting, told the court.
His ex decided to go to sleep in another room after he became verbally aggressive, and made a conscious decision to stay fully clothed in case she needed to escape quickly.
She had only been asleep for around 10 or 15 minutes when she "awoke to find him raining blows on her back and head", Miss Lock said.
The victim thought she was being punched, but then found she was heavily bleeding and saw the blows were coming from the blade of a large machete, causing "catastrophic wounds", Miss Lock said.
"He hit her so badly that the blade had separated from the handle", she added.
Condor then turned on himself and "chopped at his own neck, causing a laceration".
This gave his victim an opportunity to escape – she ran away from the bedroom and to the home of a neighbour, who heard her screams for help at about 4.45am, the court was told.
"The injuries were potentially life threatening. They could’ve had catastrophic, fatal consequences," Miss Lock said.
His victim still suffers "extreme physical discomfort", but she is serving a "life sentence" for the mental impact he had on her.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, she said: "The events on the 24th of February will stay with me for the rest of my life. The man of my dreams became the man of my nightmares.
"I still struggle to get my head round why he did it."
In the victim impact statement she recalled how she felt herself getting weaker following the attack but she drew strength from the fact that she needed to say goodbye to her dad, who only had days to live.
"I thought ‘I’m not going now, I can’t not see my dad again," she said.
Tragically she never got say goodbye, as he died while she was in hospital.
The injuries from the attack were so bad that she struggled to do basic tasks for herself like tie her hair up or prepare food, and needed help from her mum.
"At the time when my mum should’ve been grieving for my dad, she was helping me cut up my food and helping me get out of bed," she said.
"I wasn’t able to tie up my own hair or change my own sanitary towels."
The court heard another victim impact statement, from November 29 this year, in which she said she was "still traumatised" and suffering from physical pain.
She has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and has been prescribed antidepressants.
When officers arrived at Condor’s home following the attack, they also discovered he was growing 30 cannabis plants in two rooms, with a wholesale value of between £3,000 and £8,000.
Condor pleaded guilty to one count of section 18 wounding and one count of producing a controlled class B drug (cannabis) and abstracting electricity at an earlier hearing.
The court heard that Condor was handed a community penalty in 2014 for two charges of battery following an incident outside a chicken takeaway.
Sentencing, Judge Michael Leeming said the photo’s of the victim’s injuries were "simply shocking".
He said: "She had a 15cm laceration over her right shoulder. The muscle was exposed. She had a 10cm laceration to the back of her scalp, skull and fingers."
He pointed out that the victim, who was in court to see her ex be served justice, had a tattoo next to a deep scar on her right shoulder.
He said: "She was proud of that tattoo. Now when she wears short-sleeved tops or bikinis, that scar will be obvious. One can readily understand how self conscious she is."
Judge Leeming told the court how the victim is still unable to work and relies on her mum still for help.
He sentenced Condor to a total of 12 years and eight months in prison on Friday.
He was also handed a restraining order, meaning he is banned from seeing the victim, for an indefinite period of time.
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