THIS is the sickening moment an abusive wife threatened to kill her husband with a pair of scissors – as he revealed she’d be “set off by anything”.
Lorry driver Tony Hannington spoke out about his horrific ordeal at the hands of wife Tracy after calls to domestic violence charity Mankind surged by a whopping 55 per cent during lockdown.
A lorry driver who suffered years of horror at the hands of his abusive ex has called for anyone who needs support to come forwardCredit: DavidJeffsMediaLtd
Tony Hannington was physically and mentally abused by wife Tracy. Tracy was jailed for two years in 2019Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
And he shared a recording of the horror he suffered during an interview on Good Morning Britain.
In the clip, Tracy could be heard screaming at her husband and threatening to cut up his bedding with scissors.
She then shouted: “Don’t come anywhere near me because if they’re going in you, they’re going in you to kill you.”
Tracy was jailed for two years in 2019 after attacking Tony with a claw hammer and smashing his face with a vacuum cleaner.
The pair married in June 2013, having met six months earlier. But Tracy’s attacks began less than a year later.
Tony, of Herne Bay in Kent, told GMB hosts Kate Garraway and Sean Fletcher the abuse began with “name-calling” during an emotional chat this morning.
He said Tracy’s attacks then worsened, and he experienced “punching and putting knives to my throat.”
Kate replied: “That’s pretty physical, pretty terrifying.
“It led to a conviction and now you’re trying to piece together what went wrong.”
And Tony has urged any other male victims to come forward, admitting it was initially “quite hard”.
Tony spoke about his ordeal on Good Morning Britain today
He allowed the show to play a clip he recorded of vile Tracy threatening to stab him with a pair of scissorsCredit: Kent Police
Tony was also held at knifepoint and attacked with a hammer by his wifeCredit: DavidJeffsMediaLtd
“You try and look for help, but you can’t find it because most charities are for females only,” he said.
“I had nowhere to turn until I found out about Mankind.”
Presenter Sean said: “A lot of people will say men tend to be stronger and you can defend yourself.”
But brave Tony replied: “If you do that, hit back, you’re no better than they are.”
And he said the abuse began when his ex-wife began controlling what he wore.
“It kind of progressed from buying clothes,” he said.
“My clothes weren’t good enough. You don’t see at the time, but it progressed from there.”
After listening back to the “harrowing” recording, Tony’s voice shook as he said: “I always get a little bit emotional hearing stuff like that”.
“Anything would set her off – if I put a cup in the sink and not the dishwasher,” he said.
Tony shared recordings of his wife with the Mirror after she was jailed.
In the audio, she allegedly says: “You said once I was capable of murder.
How to get help if you’re a victim of domestic abuse
Victims and their families are advised to:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
Male victims of domestic violence are encouraged to speak to charity ManKind on 01823 334244 on weekdays between 10am to 4pm.
Their friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues can also contact the number.
All calls will be handled confidentially.
Officials at the charity say: “We receive calls from male victims of domestic abuse across all age ranges and professions, from dustmen and doctors, to bankers and builders, from men in their 20s to men in their 80s.”
“Well, I am. There’s nothing manly about you, you’re pathetic. I absolutely hate you.”
“I honestly thought each night could be my last,” Tony said in 2019.
“Every morning I’d wake up and think, ‘I’m still here’.”
Tracy is currently the subject of a three-year restraining order.
She was refused early release last summer.
Last year, Tony told The Sun: “I still wake up at night in a cold sweat, having nightmares about Tracy.
“I hoped time in prison would have made her realise how badly she behaved towards me and the damage caused both physically and emotionally.
“But it doesn’t shock me that Tracy has refused to show any remorse for her actions.
“The woman is a complete monster and is capable of anything.
“I truly think she is beyond rehabilitation.”
- The Men’s Advice Line, the national helpline for male victims of domestic abuse ran by Respect, is Freephone 0808 8010327. For more information go to www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Tony appeared on GMB to encourage other male victims to seek help