A man has been jailed for 42 months after he assaulted a woman, leaving her with a fractured jaw.
Karl Waller-Adams, aged 33 years, assaulted his victim at an address in the Shanklin area of Hampshire on Sunday 29th November 2020.
The horrific incident was reported to Hampshire Police on 18th December after the victim, a woman in her 40s, found the courage to tell medical staff what had caused her horrific injuries.
She had suffered three fractures to her jaw, which required surgery. Her treatment is continuing and she will require further surgery in the future.
Waller-Adams, of no fixed abode, was arrested and subsequently charged on 19 December with causing grievous bodily harm. After being charged, fearing the threat posed to his victim, investigating officers remanded Waller-Adams into custody.
Appearing at Isle of Wight Crown Court on Wednesday, 10 March this year, he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm without intent and was jailed for 36 months.
He was given an additional two months in prison for pleading guilty to an incident of harassment in the St John’s Hill area of Ryde between 9 August and 13 August 2020, and a further 4 months following an incident on Star Street in Ryde on 16 August, for which he pleaded guilty to the offences of theft, assault by beating and fraud at the Magistrates’ Court on 21 December 2020.
Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Mark Thomas said:
“We take all allegations of domestic abuse seriously and work hard to provide a compassionate response to victims to ensure they are protected, and where possible bring offenders to justice.
“This was a particularly nasty assault and the victim is still receiving treatment for her injuries. In fear for her safety, she did not initially report this to police, but found the courage later down the line which we commend her for.
“Domestic abuse is often a hidden crime with incidents taking place behind closed doors without any witnesses. It takes a lot of courage to report these incidents to us, and we want anyone who is suffering from this type of abuse to find the confidence to come forward and speak to us.”
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