A HAIRDRESSER has described the terrifying moment her Jeremy Kyle lookalike ex brutally punched her, yanked her by the hair and bit her nose after she dumped him.
Volatile David Smith flew into a rage after learning Amy Gill, 25, had been for a drink with another bloke.
In fury he smashed up her phone and her car, showering her with glass, before holding her hostage in his house while brandishing two steak knives.
In February this year Smith, 28, admitted affray, assault and criminal damage and was jailed for 12 months.
Amy, from Shotton, Deeside, explained: “When we started dating, David really treated me well.
“He really looked Jeremy Kyle, which he wasn’t too pleased about, but I loved it. I really fancied him.
“But when he flipped, I was terrified. It was like being held hostage by Jeremy Kyle’s evil twin.”
The couple met in March 2014 over Facebook.
She recalled: “On our first date the landlord of the pub said that David looked like Jeremy Kyle. David was furious but I thought it was funny. He was very handsome.”
The couple started dating and Amy, a hairdresser, said Smith was a “perfect gentleman” and “treated her like a princess”.
She said: “David was a loveable rogue. I knew he’d been in trouble in the past but he turned over a new leaf when we met.
“He was an only child and he’d been spoiled rotten and he expected everything on a plate.”
But as time went on, they began to argue. Smith became aggressive and jealous and their relationship was up and down.
“Whenever anyone mentioned that he looked like Jeremy Kyle he would snap,” Amy explained.
“He would tell me I was overweight and pick fault with me.
“But he used to say he would kill himself if I left him, so I always felt sorry for him.”
Last summer the couple booked a luxury holiday to Mexico. But Smith was unable to pay his share and the couple took out a loan to cover it.
Amy said: “After that we had another loan, and another. I realised this wasn’t the sort of life I wanted.
“David was very volatile and I decided I no longer loved him.”
By December 2016, after rowing about their loans, Amy decided enough was enough and she ended the relationship.
In January 2017, they met up to arrange re-payment of their loan.
Amy recalled: “I had been for a drink with a new bloke that week. David and I had finished so I was a free agent.
“But when he found out, he was furious.
“I told him there was no way back for us. His work clothes were at my house so I agreed to meet up with him to return those.”
But on the journey back, Smith began grabbing the steering wheel as Amy drove, accusing her of sleeping with other men.
Amy said: “I was driving along, and David was becoming more and more irate in the passenger seat, demanding to know who I’d been seeing and accusing me of sleeping with other people.
“As I drove through the traffic, he reached over to grab the steering wheel.
“Then, he snatched my phone from my bag in the foot-well, and began scrolling through my text messages.
“He noticed a message from a male friend which was purely platonic. But David was in a rage.
“I stopped the car, outside his house, and told him to get out.
“David opened the door, threw my phone on the ground, and stamped on it until it was smashed into tiny pieces. In the next moment, he was back in the car, screaming.
“He lunged towards me and punched me hard in the side of my mouth, then grabbed my hair and yanked it back hard, before locking his teeth around my nose.
“Then he snatched my car keys out of the ignition and got out of the car. I locked all the doors, to keep him out. But with no keys, I couldn’t leave. I was stuck.”
Smith then threw a plant pot from his mum’s garden and smashed the car windows, showering her with shards of glass.
Amy said: “He smashed at the car, over and over. He yelled at me to get out and I did. I thought he might kill me otherwise.
“He marched me into his house but already I could hear the neighbours calling the police.”
Amy’s ordeal was not over. When officers knocked at the door, Smith refused to let them in.
She recalled: “David was in the hallway, brandishing two steak knives, and he said, ‘Someone will die tonight!’
“He slashed at his arms with the knife and threatened to kill himself. I was petrified.
“The police officers were trying to reason with him from outside the house.
“One minute David would threaten to harm himself – the next he would turn on me.”
Smith finally agreed to drop the knives. He was arrested and Amy was taken to hospital for checks.
She said: “My bruises and cuts were superficial. But I knew the mental scars would last so much longer.”
David Smith admitted affray, assault and criminal damage and was sentenced to 12 months at Mold Crown Court.
Amy admitted: “I thought David was my very own Jeremy Kyle. But his life is filled with even more scandal and chaos than the show.
“I’m looking forward to going back to a quiet life without him.”
Earlier this year we told of the horrifying moment a raging boyfriend threw his lover down the stairs three times in a terrifying fit of rage.
In June we reported how a young mum, 22, was allegedly “beaten by her boyfriend at home in front of her four-year-old son”.