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The twin of a woman left to bleed to death after "rough sex" says the British justice system has failed her sister – hours before her millionaire killer walks free.
John Broadhurst, 42, will have served less than two years for his part in the brutal death of Natalie Connolly, 26, when he walks out of prison tomorrow having served just 22 months.
Her sister Gemma Andrews, 30, told DailyMirror : “I’m sad because I don’t think he’s paid the price for what I’ve lost.
“Natalie was my twin – she’s half of me. I just feel that we’re the ones who have been punished.
“It breaks my heart that he’s coming out so soon. He killed my sister and put us all through hell as he tried to blame her for her own death. Not once did he ever shed a tear.”
Evil Broadhurst left his younger partner naked and bleeding to death at the foot of the stairs of their five-bed rented house in Kinver, Staffs, in 2016.
It was just six months after a chance meeting in a pub sparked a relationship between the pair.
Dad-of-three Broadhurst is worth an estimated £15m, and apparently impressed Natalie, from Kidderminster, with his wealth, and promised to leave his pregnant fiancee for her.
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He drove a £100,000 Range Rover Autobiography, bought his lover a VW Golf and gave her a “good allowance”.
But six months after they first met, he accused her of sending photos to other men and “totally lost it” during a cocaine-fuelled sex session.
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Leaving her at the bottom of the stairs in a pool of blood, he went to bed and only called paramedics the next morning.
Coroners found her wounds included vaginal trauma, a fractured eye socket, bruising and internal injuries – but Broadhurst claimed they were just the result of her love of rough sex.
He said that that level of violence was “within the boundaries of her masochistic desires”.
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Originally charged with murder, half-way way through the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, prosecutors dropped the murder charge.
Instead he admitted manslaughter by gross negligence by leaving her unsupervised and failing to contact the emergency services in circumstances where “a risk of death as a result of her condition would have been obvious”.
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The trial was also traumatic for Natalie’s grieving family as they were forced to listen to intimate claims about her sex life as lawyers tried to keep him out of jail.
Debt collector Gemma said: “I knew Natalie better than anyone. I knew everything about her.
“We always looked out for each other. We had a bond that only twins could have. But at the trial, they made her out to be some sort of sadomasochistic sex addict. She wasn’t into that kind of thing at all.
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“It made me feel physically sick because I knew the truth. Nat wasn’t the person she was made out to be. She didn’t fantasise about being killed that night.
“She was so happy before she met Broadhurst. She was the life and soul of the party, a fun-loving girl who I had the pleasure of growing up with.
“She was an amazing woman, an amazing sister and an amazing mum and not the person she was made out to be in court."
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Gemma can take comfort that her sister's legacy is a Domestic Abuse Bill, currently passing through the House of Lords, which will see the “accidental sex” defence banned for good.
Campaigners and MPs say it will force men to take responsibility for women’s deaths.
Pressure group We Can’t Consent To This claims that dozens of women have been killed by men who have used the “rough sex defence”.
Stats released the group show that 38 per cent of women in the UK under the age of 40 have experienced non-consensual choking, spitting, gagging or slapping. This works out as 3.6million women.
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Gemma added: “If Natalie can save another woman’s life from being taken by a man who thinks he can do what he pleases, then that’s brilliant.
"I hope it changes lives and saves lives. It’s simple, really. If your hands kill someone, then it’s murder.
“That’s what should have happened with John Broadhurst.
“We now hope that thousands of other women will be protected in the future.”
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