In 2013, UFC fighter Bec Hyatt (now Bec Rawlings) posted a harrowing account of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her then husband, sometime fighter Dan Hyatt. Hyatt denied her account, and some in the MMA community saw it as a he-said-she-said situation, in which discerning the truth was difficult, perhaps impossible the determine.
Now a court in Australia has made it impossible to avoid the truth. Following a hearing that began late last year and continued through last week, Magistrate Sharon Cure found that all charges against Hyatt had been proved in a new case against him.
The 29-year-old had been charged with assaulting his then 17-year-old girlfriend on six occasions, including kicking her in the back, punching her in the face, choking her, and torturing her by covering her head with a pillowcase, and repeatedly placing his hand over her mouth, holding it there, and then releasing it.
Hyatt, who had originally pleaded innocent, then pleaded guilty to further charges involving two other women. Additionally, Hyatt pleaded guilty to violating a restraining order.
Hyatt was simultaneously in a relationship with another woman, who he had a child with. That woman testified that Hyatt slapped her in the face, kicked her in the ribs, struck her to the head, and pepper-sprayed her in the face. Some of the violence took place in front of the couple’s toddler. When the mother of his child ended the relationship, Hyatt threatened to murder her, and to upload videos of her to pornographic websites.
“I’m not going to hurt you, that would be too easy,” he wrote in a message, as reported by Examiner. “I’m going to hurt your loved ones”.
A third girlfriend’s testimony was equally harrowing. She said Hyatt accused her of cheating on him, and then broke a car air vent and center console screen, and ripped off a rearview mirror. The two went indoors and Hyatt apologized, but things turned darker still. Hyatt cut himself with a razor, wrote on the wall in his own blood, and smashed her phone against his head.
Hyatt’s attorney said his client suffered from depression and anxiety, and was on medication.
Hyatt remains in custody. The matter is adjourned until March 15, pending a psychiatric report.