Boyfriend’s pathetic excuse for horrific attack
ON THE night of February 23, 2016, Bianca Campbell thought she was going to die.
Her boyfriend at the time, James Russell, smashed a bottle of beer over her head in a park on the NSW central coast.
She was left lying in a pool of blood, surrounded by glass while she slipped in and out of consciousness.
"My shirt was drenched in blood, my whole stomach, my head, my hair, everything," Ms Campbell told A Current Affairon Wednesday night.
"I remember seeing him running away. All I remember was screaming 'James' and he didn't stop. I remember just laying on the floor and hearing his car take off," she said.
While paramedics and concerned passers-by came to her rescue, Mr Russell returned to the scene and attempted to apologise.
"[He was] telling me he was sorry and he loved me and didn't mean for it to happen. But if you love someone, you don't do that," Ms Campbell said.
"The person who was meant to love me the most just left me here to die."
Mr Russell plead guilty to one count of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, and was sentenced to one year and nine months in jail.
But he may not spend any time behind bars. A judge says he believes Mr Russell demonstrated "genuine remorse and genuine regret".
"Essentially he has led a life free of violence, he has a job, he has (family) support, he has stable accommodation. I'm satisfied he does have very good prospects of rehabilitation," Judge Michael Bozic said.
This is not Mr Russell's first offence. He's previously been charged with mid-range drink driving, fined for using offensive language in a public place and charged with harassing a police officer.
When confronted by A Current Affair cameras this week, Mr Russell said the whole incident was an accident.
"It was my natural instinct … It was an accident. I didn't meant to do that, that was never my intention," he said.
His father William also came to his defence.
"It was an accident that occurred. If you could do the research and find out the facts, then I think you'll agree, that's all it is. A very unfortunate accident,' William Russell said.
"My son is deeply upset, deeply apologetic to the young lady … it simply boils down to the fact that this was an accident."
Ms Campbell says knowing her former partner is still out in the community scares her.
"It's wrong. It makes me feel like I have to constantly watch where I'm going now. I feel like it's not right that he's walking the streets. I'm not a horrible person where I'm trying to wreck people's lives, but he deserves to be put behind bars," she said.
"I regret ever meeting him to be honest. I now wish, I wish to be honest that I listened to my mum from the beginning. She knew something was wrong, and I just didn't listen."
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