Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Morecambe man jailed for more than 12 years for violent attack on partner

James O’Neill
A man who repeatedly hit his partner around the head with a beer bottle has been jailed for 12 years and 8 months.

46-year-old James O’Neill, of West End Road, Morecambe, attacked his victim in her Morecambe bedroom on 13th September 2012, knocking her to the floor and then continuing to hit her over 20 times with the bottle, as she lay on the ground.

O’Neill then left the house and his 51-year-old victim, who was bleeding from the head, was able to alert the emergency services.

He appeared before Preston Crown Court charged with a section 18 wounding offence and was jailed for 12 years and eight months. He’s also prohibited from contacting his victim.

Speaking after the sentencing, DC Ian Cartwright, Public Protection Unit, Lancaster Police, said: “This was a vicious attack that left the victim fearing for her life. She is still suffering after the incident and, while most of her physical injuries are healing, she has found her confidence greatly shaken.

“Victims of domestic abuse should know that Lancashire Constabulary take this kind of crime very seriously and we will not only do all we can to bring an offender to justice but to provide help and support to the victim so that they can find the path away from their abusive  situation.”

Victims of domestic abuse can contact police on 101 – but always dial 999 in an emergency. The National Domestic Violence Helpline can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 0808 2000 247.

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