Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Living in Fear of a Violent Ex

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Living in Fear of a Violent Ex

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TERRIFIED and alone, she lives in constant fear of her violent exhusband.

Susan Miller, 46, knows that her attacker is living within three miles of her home since he was released from prison.

And he knows exactly where to find his petrified wife, who still lives in their former family home in Thistley Green, in Bill Quay, Pelaw.

But police have refused to release Raymond Miller's exact address because of data protection laws.

Susan has become a jittery wreck, living in fear that he will knock on her door again at any moment. But now her angst has turned to anger.

Susan is horrified she has been denied the right to know where he is living, and says the law gives more rights to criminals than victims.

She has become a prisoner in her own home after four years of abuse, which came to a head two months ago when he flew into a rage, pinned her against the wall and tried to strangle her.

Gasping for air, Susan mustered up her last bit of strength to fight him off. He tried to throttle her a second time, but she managed to

slap him and stun him so she could call the police. Despite suffering at his hands for four years, Susan could not bring herself to testify against him in court. She stood up to the 56-year-old for the first time at Gateshead Magistrates on June 26.

He was sentenced to 86 days behind bars for common assault, but had already spent 45 days in custody and so was released the next day.

Now she feels let down by the justice system, which saw her attacker back on the streets within 24 hours of her harrowing ordeal. Being denied access to his address is a double blow for the distraught former care home matron.

"I'm terrified," said Susan. "Every time somebody walks past my window, I'm so scared it's him. I want all the women out there to be strong. …

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