According to ITV, Akorede Odutayo was left blind in one eye when her fiancé head-butted and then punched her repeatedly when he lost his temper after icing from a birthday cake got onto his clothes.
I thought I was going to die. He just kept hitting me over and over again. Suddenly I heard something go pop and blood came gushing out everywhere but at the time I had no idea where it was coming from.
She spent three days in hospital but surgeons were unable to save her left eye. She now has to use a glass replacement.
The mother-of-one, who had suffered years of domestic violence at the hands of her partner Ibrahim Akanbi, agreed to press charges against the father of her child.
But he was granted and initially the CPS decided to take no further action after Akanbi claimed he had acted in self defence. Akorede says she cried when she was told about the decision.
I feel completely let down especially knowing all the evidence there was against him. I’ve even given them text messages he sent me admitting what he done.
– AKOREDE ODUTAYO
After the police intervened the CPS eventually reviewed their decision and charged Akanbi with GBH. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
Any delays in this case were not down to the CPS. At the outset of the case, we requested the evidence necessary to make a charging decision. When this was provided by the police, in April 2016, prosecutors made the decision to charge within a week.
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