She is just 4ft 10in and six stone, they told her one more blow could have killed her, but says her ex did not mean to hurt THAT badly.

Ordeal: Helen Callaghan was nearly killed in the horrific attack
Ordeal: Helen Callaghan was nearly killed in the horrific attack

Her face needed to be rebuilt after she was battered by her jealous 26-stone ex, but Helen insists he is not a ‘monster’.

Helen Callaghan, just 4ft 10in and six stone, was beaten and throttled by her estranged partner Thomas Day after he found text messages on her phone from another man.

Her face was fractured in 20 places – this included her cheeks, nose and eye sockets. Surgeons had to use old photographs to reconstruct it using metal plates and screws.

Miss Callaghan, talking to the Manchester Evening News for the first time since the horrific attack, said: “I was told a pathologist’s report found that one more blow possibly would have killed me.

“I was also told the type of injuries they found on me would normally be found on someone who was dead.

“But I don’t think he meant to hurt me in the way he did. I don’t think he meant to kill me or break the bones that he broke.

“I didn’t think he was capable of doing what he did. He’s not a monster.”

The 28-year-old woman described how she was in bed on a Sunday morning when Day, who had come to collect their two children for the day, began raining punches down on her tiny frame.

The two kids, Thomas, 10, and Lillie, seven, ran hysterically from their home in Northern Moor, Greater Manchester, and into the arms of concerned neighbours.

Miss Callaghan told how she passed out during the attack but caught sight of herself in the mirror after she came to.

She said: “There was blood everywhere. I was all over the place.

“My eye was swollen and closed up. My face didn’t look symmetrical anymore.

“I looked like I’d been in a boxing ring.”


Helen Callaghan
Horrific: Helen Callaghan’s face after the attack
Two weeks before the appalling assault, Day had attacked Miss Callaghan for the first time in their 12-year relationship after a row on June 16 – Father’s Day – scratching her face with a knife.

A week later, on June 23, he went on a rampage in the Withington bar where Miss Callaghan worked – smashing pool cues and threatening to kill one of her colleagues.

The final and most vicious attack came on June 30 after Day went through her phone while she was asleep.

Miss Callaghan revealed how 39-year-old Day, who was about 16 stone when they met, had become more controlling and jealous as he gradually gained weight throughout the course of their relationship.

She added: “He was unhappy because of his weight, it made him so depressed.

“I didn’t care what weight he was, it didn’t make any difference to me.

“But it was a big problem for him. He was terrified that I would leave him.

“He wanted to know where I was, who I was with, because of his insecurities.

“He thought I was seeing somebody else but I wasn’t. The text messages he saw didn’t mean anything.”


Thomas Day
Jailed: Thomas Day
Miss Callaghan told how she had Day’s signature tattooed on her neck when they were together.

She had another beneath it a couple of months after the final, brutal attack saying: “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

A court heard that, when Day was first arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack, he replied: “If I wanted her dead, I would have killed her.”

The charge was later reduced and Day, of Hart Road, Fallowfield, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, common assault and affray when he appeared at Manchester Crown Court.

He also pleaded guilty to importing £1,000 worth of cannabis into the UK from India and was jailed for a total of nine years and four months.

But Miss Callaghan said she felt the sentence was too harsh.

Her 10-year-old son Thomas, who said he wanted to speak to the Manchester Evening News, said he had started to forgive his dad.

He added: “At the start I was really angry with my dad because of what he did to my mum and her face.

“But now I’ve spoken to him and seen him in prison I’m not as angry.

“I wish he hadn’t done what he did because a lot of people hate him now.

“But that’s the first thing he has ever done wrong. I really miss him. I will forgive him and I love him very much.”