A man who brutally attacked his stepdaughter and wife just days after their daughter was born has been detained for 20 months.
Kerry Armstrong protected her newborn baby during the terrible attack by crouching over her when 40-year-old Gary Peoples wife Armstrong kicked and hit the head.
Seconds before the attack, which took place in her Belfast home in October 2017, Ms. Armstrong had detained the three-day-old little girl.
Belfast playgroup leader Kerry Armstrong was attacked by her husband in her home just three days after the birth of her daughter and left with two black eyes, severe swelling and bruising
The play group leader had two black eyes and severe swelling and bruising on other parts of her face.
When Ms. Armstrong's 13-year-old daughter entered the room, the people grabbed her and pushed her against a wall.
The printer admitted to assaulting his wife and stepdaughter during the same Crown Court incident in Derry and was detained by Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey.
Ms. Armstrong said she would never forgive her husband and was relieved that the judicial system in this case had done its job by putting him behind bars, Belfast Live reported.
After her husband's detention, she added, "It has been a long time since this happened and it was difficult to get to this point.
“Sometimes I just wanted to give up, but I was determined to do it on behalf of other women who have suffered and are still suffering from the effects of domestic violence.
Kerry Armstrong said she would never forgive her husband, but she is happy that the ordeal is over now
“I would particularly like to thank Women's Aid in Belfast. I would not have been able to get through this without their help and advice, and without the help of other domestic violence sufferers that I met and became friends with.
“You have given me incredibly fantastic help. Until this happened to me, I hadn't really assessed the extent of domestic violence in Northern Ireland.
"Now I know, and the women I know who have been victims and who have been through it make me so humble."
Ms. Armstrong encouraged all victims of domestic violence to immediately contact the authorities for help.
Prosecutors told Judge McCaffrey that Ms. Amstrong and the people had quarreled in the bedroom of their apartment on October 2, 2017, three days after the birth of their daughter.
Kerry Armstrong's husband Gary Peoples was sentenced to 20 months in prison in a Derry court after admitting to assaulting her and her 13-year-old daughter
People hit her in the face and kicked her in the head after she fell to the ground, the judge heard.
The prosecutor said the people tried first to prevent Ms. Armstrong from leaving the home, but she escaped and drove to her mother's house.
Her brother then reported the attacks to the police.
A defense lawyer said the people were ashamed and repentant, adding that he had not seen his daughter, who is now 18 months old, since the attack.
The lawyer argued that there was no previous history of domestic violence between the couple and that their relationship was strained.
& # 39; There was a very short romance before marriage. Both parties have brought their own children from previous relationships to the table, ”Belfast Live quotes the defender.
“It was the networking of two families that raised questions about the relationships between the respective children and the stepchildren.
Tensions were high at times and the accused bottled things. He didn't handle things properly and snapped.
"It was an unusual incident that he had to live with for the rest of his life."
Judge McCaffrey said statements about the effects of the victims of Ms. Armstrong and her daughter show the devastating effects of the attacks, which she described as "heinous."
"The message has to go out that people who commit such crimes receive conditional punishment," she said.