A BRUTE who stabbed his fiancee in the liver and would not let her receive urgent medical treatment has been sentenced to at least five years in prison.
Richard McNally, 49, of Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm with intent and false imprisonment on his partner on 1 May this year.
He was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court last Friday and given the Indeterminate Sentence with a minimum tariff of five years.
The court heard he stabbed his 38-year-old fiancee twice - once in the stomach which lacerated her liver causing a potentially life threatening injury and once to her right knee which severed the ligament.
They had argued after the victim had been out drinking with her friends. She returned to the flat and he punched and kicked her. He then stabbed her twice but refused to let her out of the flat to seek medical help. McNally told her he would stitch up her wounds himself and if she told the police, he would find her and kill her.
After lying on the floor all night, the victim was finally able to the leave the flat at 11am the following day but collapsed in the road. A passer by gave her assistance and called an ambulance.
As she was about to undergo surgery in the hospital theatre, she told police who was responsible for inflicting her injuries. She said McNally had assaulted her before in the past several times. He was located and arrested on 3 May.
After the case, detective constable Brett White of the Hastings Adult Protection Team said: “Justice has been reached in this case. The victim not only sustained life threatening injuries but was then prevented from seeking the medical treatment she urgently needed. The outcome of McNally’s actions could have proved fatal.
“I would pay tribute to the courage the victim has shown and for her co-operation by supporting our investigation from the beginning to its conclusion which has contributed to the positive outcome of this case.”
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, website nearly one million women experience at least one incident of domestic abuse each year and two women are killed every week by their partner or former partner in the UK.
Victims of domestic violence are more likely to experience repeat victimisation than victims of any other types of crime with 76 per cent of all DV incidents repeated.
Women experience an average of 35 incidents of domestic violence before reporting an incident to the police.
If you would like to report domestic violence contact the freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge on 0800 2000 247