- Samuel Farley, 21, carried out a brutal assault on his girlfriend Esther Garrity, 19
- He punched, kicked and stamped on Miss Garrity and knocked her teeth out
- Left her in a coma for 3 months with fractured nose, cheek, jaw and brain injury
Published: 13:00 EDT, 1 November 2017 | Updated: 13:04 EDT, 1 November 2017
Samuel Farley was jailed for 12 years and six months at Teesside Crown Court
An engineer who became psychotic on drugs battered his 19-year-old girlfriend so savagely she nearly died as her head swelled to three times its normal size.
Samuel Farley, 21, punched, kicked and stamped on fashion student Esther Garrity 27 times while he was high on cocaine, LSD and ketamine.
Miss Garrity, a teenage fashion student at Manchester Metropolitan University, lost teeth and was in a coma for nearly three months with a fractured nose, cheek and jaw and permanent brain damage.
Miss Garrity's injuries were so bad her head swelled to three times its normal size and her father could not recognise her when he saw her in hospital.
A paramedic who attended the scene said her injuries were the worst he had seen anyone survive.
She spent 108 days in hospital and continues to suffer the consequences of the attack in April.
Her boyfriend admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Tuesday as he was due to go on trial for attempted murder.
Farley, from Marton in Middlesbrough, had taken cocaine, ketamine and LSD before the attack.
Farley was jailed for 12 years and six months at Teesside Crown Court for the horrific attack and two counts of supplying cocaine.
Farley, 21, punched, kicked and stamped on fashion student Esther Garrity 27 times while he was high on cocaine, LSD and ketamine
Miss Garrity's injuries were so bad her head swelled to three times its normal size and her father could not recognise her when he saw her in hospital
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC said: 'This case effectively illustrates the dangers of drug taking.
'This is, on any view, a tragic case, for it involves the fact that two young hitherto vibrant and talented young people have been blighted.
'Blighted, of course, Samuel Farley, by your actions on that night, effectively blighted by the drugs you chose to take.'
He added: 'You would not have become involved in this horrendous attack were it not for the drugs you chose to take.'
In a victim statement, Miss Garrity's father Francis recalled the shock of seeing her so badly injured in hospital.
He said: 'They tried to clean her up but I couldn't recognise the person lying there.
'Her head was three times the normal size, her injuries were horrific.'
Her mother Victoria Hoban, 44, a former chef, said she collapsed when she saw Miss Garrity in intensive care for the first time.
After the hearing yesterday she said: 'He had a sense of entitlement and ownership over Esther and the drugs just brought that out of him.
'Use of drugs in no way absolves one of personal responsibility. He has ruined her life and changed her from the bubbly, outgoing, confident girl that she was.
'Her university career came to an end and we have no way of knowing whether that can ever be resumed, but we can only hope.
'Seeing her lying in that hospital bed unrecognisable will stay with me for the rest of my life, It is something no parent should ever have to see.’
Sam Green QC, defending, said the drugs caused the defendant, normally a loving and caring boyfriend, to behave psychotically.
Mr Green said friends were astonished to hear what he had done and his behaviour was 'utterly out of character'.
Miss Garrity and her boyfriend had a large circle of friends and were thought to be a loving couple, John Elvidge QC, prosecuting, said.
Farley later told police they had a 'wonderful relationship, never had any arguments and were like best mates'.
But on April 28 he went against his girlfriend's wishes and took LSD during a night out with friends.
He also took cocaine and had ketamine in his system when he was arrested.
The court heard how he had a previous bad experience on LSD which led a friend to urge him not to take it again.
Miss Garrity was only mildly intoxicated when a row apparently inspired by his jealousy developed as they walked home along Marton Road.
He picked up a 7ft piece of wood from a for sale sign but did not hit her with it when she told him not to be 'stupid'.
Instead, Farley, who went to the gym five times a week, set about her with his hands and feet, with the blows becoming more frenzied.
Miss Garrity's pleas were heard by local residents who came to her help.
Her last words before she fell unconscious were: 'Stop it, you're going to kill me.'
He left her bleeding from the mouth, nose and ears and assaulted two men who tried to grab him.
He shouted 'I am God' as he struggled with police arresting him and on the way to hospital he was 'raving in an incomprehensible fashion', Mr Elvidge said.
He was sedated and the next morning, after asking 'How's my girlfriend', he claimed he had been spiked with LSD, only later admitting he had taken it voluntarily.
Farley instructed his barrister to issue a series of apologies to his victim, her family, his parents and to the court, Mr Green said.
'The most important thing I have to say is Samuel Farley is very sorry for the terrible thing he did to Esther Garrity,' he said.
Body-cam footage taken in hospital showed Farley was 'profoundly psychotically disturbed', Mr Green said.
'This is utterly, utterly out of character,' he added.
Farley now intends to warn others about the perils of using drugs, his barrister said.
'He wishes to say to young people, drawing on his own situation with humility, shame but maturity, 'don't do drugs, this is what they can do. They do terrible things, shun them'.'
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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania
A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.
Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.
The other driver involved was not hurt.
Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.
The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.
“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.
“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”
Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.
Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.
Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.
Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.
In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.
Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.
Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos
Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.
Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.
While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.
“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.
A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.
Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.
“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.
He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.
“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”
The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.
“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.
Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.
On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.
Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.
But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.
Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.
“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”
The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.
The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.
“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.
Grace Tame says caller ‘threatened’ against criticising PM
An Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor has said she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the prime minister.
Grace Tame made the allegation in a speech on Wednesday, where she said she’d been called by a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.
She added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.
The government has denied knowledge of the call and said it will investigate.
On Tuesday, Mr Morrison made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins more than a year after the young woman went public with the allegation that she had been raped by a male colleague in a ministerial office.
Her story sparked national anger, and an inquiry into parliament’s culture which found more than a third of workers had been sexually harassed.
Both Ms Higgins and Ms Tame have been heralded this past year for prompting a national conversation about abuse, power and gender inequality.
On Wednesday, the pair delivered a highly anticipated joint address at the National Press Club in Canberra.
Asked by journalists if she could name the threatening caller and their organisation, Ms Tame said: “if I was willing to name either, I would have put them in the speech”.
But she said the caller had been concerned about what she would say on the evening her successor as Australian of the Year was named.
She said the caller had described her as an “influential figure” and that Mr Morrison would “have a fear” about what she might say “with an election coming soon”. Australia is due to hold a general election before 21 May.
“Sound familiar to anyone? Well, it does to me,” Ms Tame said, before drawing a comparison with her former abuser – a teacher who had raped her as a child and pressured her to stay silent.
Mr Morrison’s office said it had not been aware of the call before Ms Tame’s speech, adding “the individual should apologise”.
“The PM and the government consider the actions and statements of the individual as unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.
But Ms Tame said launching a probe “misses the point entirely”.
“Stop deflecting, Scott. It’s not about the person who made the call. It’s the fact they felt like they had to do it at all,” she tweeted.
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