Court Forces Mother Who Survived Brutal Attack to Write Abuser Letters in Jail or Face Contempt

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (UK), Feb. 3, 2011- Natalie Allman, 29, was beaten and tortured for 7 hours, much of the attack happening in front of her children, by her ex-fiancee Jason Hughes. Jason was upset that Natalie wanted to end the relationship and retaliated with rage. The attack began when Natalie was sleeping and Jason attempted to smother her with a pillow. Natalie was also beaten with a dumbbell and slashed across the throat because Jason wanted to make her “ugly”.

After 7 hours, Jason let Natalie call an ambulance. The first responders were horrified to find Natalie’s bloodied body in bed, with the twin boys covered in blood and clinging to their mother.

Natalie surived the brutal attack with 8 wounds to her head and 5 fractures to her face. She also needed cosmetic surgery to rebuild her throat, and to this days, bears visible scars. 

Natalie Allman survives brutal attack: Newsteam, retrieved from Daily Mail

In 2012, Jason Hughes was sentenced to just 9 years in prison for malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Jason reports that while in prison he enjoys playing X Box until 5 am, and has a job as a bee keeper. The prison also provides Jason with fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Jason has shown no remorse and seems to enjoy taunting Natalie with the letters.

Jason Hughes – (NewsTeam, SWNS News Group). Retrieved Daily Record.

The ordeal did not end there… Natalie, the mother of twin boys, has been court ordered to write Jason letters in prison to give him updates on the children. If Natalie refuses, she could be found guilty of contempt and face fines or up to 2 years in prison. A parental rights law mandates that Natalie must write Jason at least 3 times a year and send photographs every Easter, September and December. The order requires that the letters include “an update regarding the ­children’s general progress, both at nursery/school and socially, to include details of their health and emotional ­development”. Hughes is also allowed to send birthday cards.

Natalie says, “I couldn’t believe it. I could end up being split up from my children and sent to prison when he was the one who attacked me. I’m the one being treated like a criminal.”

Jason can continue the legal abuse because he gets free legal representation through Legal Aid. Natalie cannot afford legal help, and has went through all of her savings fighting this legal battle. 

Despite the struggles, Natalie Allman is bravely working to rebuild her life and give her children a happy childhood free of violence. She has a new boyfriend, and is the mother of another child.


Comments: Cases like this are why I  why I say that Family Court is “Legally Insane”…

Jason Hughes is a remorseless monster who attempted to murder Natalie Allman, and endangered the lives of his twin boys, and has subjected them to horrific trauma. Jason deserves no less than life in prison for what he has done. The Court should protect Natalie and her children from Jason, instead of enabling his abusive behavior to continue. Jason Hughes should be stripped of all parental rights, not given a second chance.

Natalie and her children’s lives are at risk due to this ridiculous court order…Jason Hughes attempted to kill Natalie, right in front of the children, he has absolutely no business having any contact with her or the children. This is case another tragic example of why need family court reform, and increased accountability for judges and other judicial officers. When the system fails, lives are put at risk, and there is no justice in that.

— Emily Court

Source: “Mother who was tortured for seven hours and slashed across the throat in front of her sons by her ex-boyfriend is forced to write to him in prison and give him updates on his kids – or face jail herself” by Nazia Parveen for the Daily Mail and Lucy Crossley for MailOnline. 2/15/2015.

“Torture victim mum reveals shock as judge orders her to write to brutal ex-fiance in prison” By the Daily Record. 2/15/2015.

“Woman whose soldier fiancé battered her with a dumbbell and slashed her throat to ‘make her look ugly’ reveals how she has rebuilt her life” by Lucy Waterlow, MailOnline. 11/16/2012:



About Emily Court

It takes "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. Written by a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. She has spent over a decade trapped in family court until her children finally aged out of the system. Through writing and blogging, FCI is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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3 Responses to Court Forces Mother Who Survived Brutal Attack to Write Abuser Letters in Jail or Face Contempt

  1. As repulsive as this scenario is, I almost think the ones who are silently violent from afar and use others to perpetrate their legal, yet sadistic and abusive schemes, crimes, and maternally depriving techniques are even more dangerous and more of a plague to society because they fly under the radar, yet all seem to be in control of the radar.

  2. How come in the USA they would have taken those kids away from her and locked her up for good, but not in the UK?

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