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Man, 34, from Aylesbury who attacked former partner with axe is sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder

| April 9, 2016

On Friday 8th April 2016 a 34 year old man of Haydon Road, Aylesbury was sentenced today to 20 years’ imprisonment with five years on extended licence for the attempted murder of his former partner.

The man was found guilty by majority jury on Tuesday 15th March 2016 after an eleven day trial at Reading Crown Court, of one count of attempted murder and by a unanimous verdict guilty of one count of criminal damage to property valued under £5,000.

On Sunday 16th August 2015, at around 2.10am, the man went to a house in Eaton Road, Aylesbury and when the victim, a 29 year old woman, opened the front door, he attacked her with an axe, causing injuries to her neck and back. He then got into a car and left the scene.

The victim was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital for treatment. She had sustained a 7cm wound to her neck and six puncture wounds to her back as well as broken ribs and a bruised lung.

Medical staff said the victim was very lucky not to have been in a life-threatening condition as the injuries were so severe.

On the same day, the convicted man damaged a car which was parked in Oak Green, Aylesbury.

The man was arrested by police on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 and charged the following day. On Friday 8th April 2016 he was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for attempted murder and three months’ imprisonment for criminal damage, to be served concurrently.

Investigating officer, Det Con Jayne Green from the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit at Aylesbury police station said: ‘The injuries that [the man] inflicted on his former partner were horrific, attacking her with an axe at her home. Fortunately, she survived the attack and is now rebuilding her life after [the man] attempted to take it from her.

I would like other women and men who are suffering from domestic abuse to know that there is help out there and that they can report what they are going through to specialist officers at Thames Valley Police. There is help and support available, and wherever possible, we will prosecute.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: ‘This case involved the attempted murder of a 29 year old woman by her 34 year old former partner at her home in Aylesbury last August.

At just after 2.00am on Sunday 16th August 2015 [the man] went to the woman’s home armed with an axe and when she opened the door he launched into a frenzied attack on her causing severe injuries to her neck and back, fractured ribs and a bruised lung. He then got into a car and fled the scene, later damaging a car parked in Oak Green, Aylesbury. The victim was taken to the Stoke Mandeville Hospital for treatment. There is no doubt that [the man] intended to kill her. He is undoubtedly an extremely ruthless and violent man.

[The man] denied attempted murder and criminal damage, but was connected to both incidents by the tracking of his vehicle via CCTV, DNA, and expert evidence linking the axe, recovered from a nearby canal, to the injuries and damage. On Tuesday 15th March 2016, at Reading Crown Court, he was found guilty of both offences, by a jury, after a 2-week trial, despite his denials.

We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. The CPS and police are committed to protecting the public from violent criminals and will continue to vigorously prosecute all such offenders. Today’s sentence should act as a deterrent to others that domestic violence will simply not be tolerated in our communities.

We know that nothing can undo what happened to the victim, but we hope that the conviction and today’s sentence bring her and her family at least a small sense that justice has been done. We also hope that the victim, who has shown great courage throughout this process, continues with her recovery. Our thoughts are very much with her at this time.

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