A jealous man has been jailed for 27 years and faces deportation after he shot the mother of his child in the face with a homemade gun.
Jodie Dickinson, 34, was shot at close range with the gunshot shattering her cheekbone, leaving a metal ball bearing bullet lodged behind her eye socket.
Her evil ex, Tyrone Harvey, 32, was jailed on Thursday last week for her attempted murder in the early hours of January 11 this year.
Mum-of-five, Jodie, who is still off sick recovering, usually works as a carer and promo model.
She said: “I could smell smoke and burning like a bonfire and then I felt the pain, I thought I was going to die of it.
“Blood was squirting out of me, all over the walls, I was running around in shock, screaming: ‘I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot, he shot me.
“The friend I was staying with ran to call the police and ambulance, we ran upstairs and hid in the bathroom waiting for help to come but Tyrone had already left.
“Armed police escorted me to hospital as protection from him.”
The couple had recently split after years of on and off abuse but a controlling Harvey continued to harass Jodie.
She was in the process of applying for a non molestation order at the time of the horrific gunshot attack and was due to attend court the next day.
Speaking about the incident, Jodie said she had a friend over and expected another one to be coming over when Harvey entered the room.
She said: “He came over to me ranting about how he thought I was sleeping with someone but it was a really old relationship that he knew about already, he had it wrong.
“I started screaming straight away to defend myself but he was louder.
“He was shouting about the non molestation order and how I would never get it through against him.
“Then suddenly he was walking towards me and the last thing I remember is him calling me a bitch before I heard a bang and I felt this pressure in my face.’
At hospital Jodie was given morphine and a CT scan to determine the damage caused by the close range shooting.
It was after the scan that Jodie found out the bullet used was a metal ball bearing that had miraculously avoided her eye or brain and lodged itself deeply in soft tissue between her eye socket and cheek bone near her sinus.
Jodie said: “The bullet shattered my cheekbone and stopped behind my sinus, underneath the eye socket. The blood was all from the hole in my lip and the roof of my mouth.
“There were two holes, one clear hole where the bullet passed through and a second one from the last on my lip. My skin was split.
“The bruising was horrific, my left eye was so swollen I couldn’t see out of it for a week.”
Her wounds were treated and two months later she had an operation to remove the ball bearing once the swelling had reduced.
Jodie says she has nightmares and is scared of random men in the street as she believes they have been sent to shoot her.
She gets overwhelmed and panics when she is out in public and can’t be left alone.
Her lip is also permanently scarred and she suffers from numbness on the left side of her face
Harvey, of Ashted Nechells, Birmingham, denied the charge of attempted murder and a lesser charge of wounding with intent.
Derby Crown Court was told that Jodie was the aggressor and came towards him with a knife after she herself was jealous of him partying with another woman.
He said she was “crazy” and on drugs.
But the jury dismissed his account and gave a unanimous guilty verdict after three and a half hours of deliberations.
The handgun used to shoot Jodie was never recovered but a search of Harvey’s car and home uncovered a blank firearm magazine, a blank firing round, ball bearings, gun oil and instructions for a blank firing pistol.
While Sentencing him, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “"You, at every stage of the proceedings, have tried to make sure you weren't held responsible.
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"When you came to court you span lie after lie trying to pull the wool over the jury's eyes, coming up with some cock and bull story that someone else had shot her or that Jodie even shot herself to frame you.
"But the day of reckoning has come.”
Harvey was also ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge.
The court heard Harvey also faces deportation to the Caribbean island of St Kitts, where he is originally from, after he is released from prison.
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