She fell in love with her ‘Buddhist teacher’ and her ‘charm’…before he flew into a jealous rage and broke his jaw – all because she talked to another man

A mother is speaking out bravely after her jealous ex flew into a violent rage and broke his jaw just for talking to another man.

Leanna Papadopoulos says her former partner Kevin McTribouy became a “Buddhist teacher” after the High Peak couple broke up.

The 32-year-old says she met McTribouy in Manchester and fell in love with his “charm” and “sweet gestures”, such as bringing him flowers.

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But Leanna says things quickly changed when she got pregnant and McTribouy got mean – calling her names and throwing food.

This caused her to call off the relationship after four years, but in July 2019 the pair met again at a carnival in Leanna’s hometown of Buxton, Derbyshire.

And despite becoming a ‘Buddhist teacher’, things turned violent when McTribouy received what was described in court as an ‘absolutely dreadful blow’ which shattered Leanna’s jaw in two places, before she knock a second time.

Leanna Papadopoulos and Kevin McTribouy

Poor Leanna was unable to eat for seven weeks and says she is still suffering from pins and needles in her jaw and tongue due to permanent nerve damage – despite her ex claiming to work as a ‘Buddhist teacher’.

McTribouy, now 29, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in February 2020 by Derby Crown Court for causing injury/grievous bodily harm without intent.

Now Leanna finally feels in the “right frame of mind” to share her story and is speaking out to warn others.

Leanna said: “I didn’t want to be with him anymore and went to a carnival with a friend. He was there too and he came over and said it’s better not to see me talking to men and he looked at me He kept calling me slag.

“At the end of the night I was talking to a guy and he passed. I was at the point where I didn’t care. I told him to fuck off and because I had had a few drinks I didn’t wasn’t so scared.

“He put me in the face and I told him to go away and he punched me and then he gave me a second punch to the same side.

Leanna after the attack
Leanna after the attack

“I felt my jaw go to the left and my teeth didn’t line up and I was coughing up blood.

“There were a lot of people around but only one man finally came to help him and cornered him.

“I didn’t feel any pain, maybe because I was in shock.”

Leanna, who had two children with McTribouy, was rushed to hospital where she had three metal plates installed in her jaw and was only able to consume fluids for seven weeks.

She said: “It was horrible. I couldn’t eat and the worst part was I couldn’t open my mouth for seven weeks.

“My nerves are permanently damaged. I feel like my cheeks and tongue are tingling and I have shooting pains.”

Leanna met ‘charmer’ McTribouy at a night out in Manchester in 2014 and the couple started a relationship a few months later.

She claims he changed when she got pregnant.

Leanna said: “I was really drawn to him. He seemed a bit flirtatious and I liked his vibe.

“He was pretty laid back and he wasn’t full of compliments, but he was doing sweet little things.

“When he moved in with me, he came home with flowers.

“He came across as he was doing a lot, he was very ambitious. It didn’t seem to be true and he was a bit of a dreamer.

Leanna says McTribouy was a charmer at first
Leanna says McTribouy was a charmer at first

“He came across as a manly man and he always took care of himself, he looked wise and I liked that about him.

“He never made big romantic gestures but it was the little things. He was a manly man but, to me, he was nice.

“[It all changed] when I was pregnant. We decided to work things out but he started accusing me of talking to men.

“He started by throwing things. He cooked a whole chicken and then he threw it at me when I was about two months pregnant.

“When I got to about 18 weeks pregnant, we had a little argument and he threw his plate of food across the room.

“At the time, I thought it was me who was annoying him. He would ask me why I was treating him like that or talking to him in a certain way because I was telling him to leave me alone or go away. If I spoke to him in a disrespectful way, he would really take it out.

Leanna in hospital after attack
Leanna in hospital after attack

“In the space I was in, I just wanted to protect him. I was pregnant with his child, so I begged my mom not to call the police.”

Leanna finally worked up the courage to leave in April 2018 but says she didn’t expect the brutal attack she still suffers from.

As well as the physical impact, Leanna says the ordeal has left her with trust issues and is wary of embarking on another relationship.

Leanna said: “When he was sentenced I couldn’t stop crying. I felt guilty, like I had done something wrong.

“Over time I realized it wasn’t my fault. He got what he deserved. It was a rollercoaster ride. I don’t feel ready to meet anyone else. J I have a lot of trust issues, especially with the kids.

“I feel ready to talk about what happened because I recovered and I’m in the right frame of mind and I want to raise awareness about domestic violence.”

Derby Crown Court confirmed that McTribouy, of Thornsett Avenue, Fairfield, was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment on February 14, 2020 for the offense of ‘injuring/inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent’.

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