Muhammed Tajik has just been released from prison after a violent domestic assault on his wife, Susan Walmsley.
She said: “I have lesions on my brain, my jaw didn’t heal properly as I have a displaced disc, so I might have to have an operation to rectify that.
“I lost the whole set of teeth on my upper left side and had them replaced along with all my back teeth.
“I was told a week before he was released and I’ve been to see domestic violence services for a safety plan.
“I couldn’t believe he was already online boasting about MMA. That’s exactly what he did to attract me, so I don’t believe he’s learned any lesson. He hasn’t shown any remorse.
“He groomed me online, as he knew I was into MMA.
“We started liking each other’s pictures and he sent messages.
“He told me he was from Russia and he was a blackbelt. I was in England at the time and he was in Turkey.
“The police told me he found out everything he needed to know about me to groom me, to become the perfect man I was looking for.
“He knew how to manipulate me. We got married in Turkey in August 2015.
“He coerced me into marrying him. Even two days before the wedding, I had a black eye. I was afraid I couldn’t get out of it, so I married him. I’m scared he’ll do this again to another woman and he shouldn’t even be living in Ireland after this.
“I’m scared he’ll kill a woman next time.”
When Ms Walmsley – who has relatives from Ireland – moved to Dublin with Tajik, he had no income and relied on her savings to live in the city.
She planned to start a new life in, renting an apartment for them to share but the violence spiralled.
Ms Walmsley said: “He assaulted me again and I left for England. But when I was away, he threatened suicide and I came back to help him. I felt sorry for him.”
It was on this occasion, when she said he then held her “captive” in the apartment from September until December 2015.
“He took control of my money, my bank pin for my bank account.
“It was mostly psychological but he used to strangle me until I lost consciousness.
“He also smashed my head against a wall and grabbed me. My arms were covered in bruises.
“I was in a constant state of anxiety, I hardly slept.
“He let me eat once a day and he didn’t even let me go to the toilet alone. He stood in there with me.
“I went to bed with his arm around my neck, so I couldn’t move. I went down to six-and-a-half stone.
“I’d been a healthy nine-and-a-half stone before.
“I never thought it would be me, that a man could manipulate me like that but I fell in love with someone who didn’t exist. This was in fact a very dangerous man.
“I believe he is a danger to women in Ireland. He should be deported after the crime he committed.
“He put himself down as an asylum seeker and his place of origin is Afghanistan, a fact I only found out when I saw his birth certificate.
“My wish is he is deported to keep women safe in Ireland. He has lost any right to stay here.”
The Department of Justice said it could not comment on individual cases but added there are “public safeguards set out in law against persons seeking international protection who have committed serious crimes in the State”.
Under Section 47 (3) of the International Protection Act 2015, the Justice Minister may refuse a refugee where they may be regarded as posing a danger to the security of the State, or if the person has been convicted of a particularly serious crime.
Ms Walmsley encouraged women suffering domestic violence and coercive control to get help from family, friends and the gardai.
She also urged those in need of support to contact the Women’s Aid’s 24 hour helpline on 1800 341 900.
*Story by Irish Mirror