A mum-of-four told how her jealous lesbian lover locked her in a toilet before setting it on fire and telling her: “You can stay in there and burn.” Leeanne Grantham, 22, who attacked Hayley Hinman, 35, after accusing her of having an affair while they were out with friends was jailed for 12 months last week. After the hearing, Hayley relived her horrific ordeal, telling how she feared she was going to die, before urging domestic violence victims to seek help. Bi-sexual Hayley, who lives with daughters Lennie, six, Rose, eight, son Kacey, 13, and has another son from a previous relationship, said: ”
I was with Leanne for two-and-a-half years. “We started going out in February 2013. I beat out the fire with my coat but set fire to other rolls four or five times and kept me trapped. “In the end I believe she got bored and started to let me go but then she turned round and gave me an evil stare and attacked me again. “I was knocked to the floor and hit my head she fell too and I managed to get up before her and ran. “I was taken to hospital with bruising on my face and neck and doctors told me there was tissue damage to my throat
.” Hayley, who slammed the sentence handed to Grantham, also told how she fears Grantham will attack her again when she’s released from prison. She said: “I went to every court hearing and she was walking around the dock with a smug grin on her face. “But the smirk disappeared when the judge sent her down. She went pale and looked at me in shock. ”
I don’t think 12 months is a long enough sentence. I’m massively anxious about what she will do when she gets out. “I thought I was going to die that night. I was thinking of my children and who would look after them. “I was so distraught I couldn’t and still don’t understand how Leanne could do this to me. I tried to help her so many time with her anger problems. “Domestic violence is a terrible thing. If anyone is in a relationship that involves violence mental or physical abuse please seek help.
” The blazing row began at Oliver’s Bar in Louth, Lincs, at around 8pm on April 18, when Hayley was texting a friend who was babysitting her two young girls. She said her girlfriend accused her of cheating on her with the woman before flying into a rage. A court heard Hayley ran out of the bar and to her pal’s house to pick up her children but when she found the house empty decided to wait in the back garden. But moments later Grantham appeared and kicked the garden gate down and terrified Hayley ran to an outdoor toilet. Her furious lover then smashed her way into the outbuilding before putting her hands around her throat and choking her “at least 10 times”. Grantham then used a lighter to set fire to carpet rolls in the stall then stood outside and held the door shut before telling her to burn. The full-time mum was able to beat out the flames and begged her partner to let her go but after Grantham agreed and opened the door she throttled her again. Brave Hayley eventually managed to escape before running into town screaming for help and the emergency services were called. Paramedics took her to hospital with heavy bruising to her neck and face and her girlfriend was arrested two days later. On Thursday December 3, Grantham, a former child minder, was jailed for 12 months at Lincoln Crown Court for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and arson. Jonathan Cox, defending, said: “The defendant has sought help for her abuse of both cannabis and alcohol. “She has difficulty controlling her anger.” Sentencing Judge Michael Heath said: “You cannot behave in this way towards another human being and expect to retain your liberty.”