Essex: Man sentenced for attempted murder of former partner

23/05/2014

A MAN who attempted to murder his former partner has been sentenced to 16 and a half years imprisonment with 5 years on license at Basildon Crown Court today.

Matthew Sargant, 30, of no fixed address, but from the Basildon area, previously pleaded guilty to Section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm with intent, but was found guilty of attempted murder following a week-long trial in April 2014.

Basildon Crown Court heard how his victim, the mother of his young child suffered severe facial and head injuries and has been left with lifelong medical scarring. And because of the extreme nature of the violence used and resulting damage caused to her face and head, she will suffer medical problems throughout her life because of the attack. The court was also provided with details of the break to her skull and her weakened facial skeleton, caused by Sargent.

Prosecuting lawyer for the CPS, Lynn Harvey said: Sargent is a violent and imposing man who attacked the mother of his child and left her alone to die. This was a horrific attack which happened in the presence of their young baby. Following the assault Sargent fled the scene with his son who he left alone while he bought alcohol from a local shop. He never attempted to get any help for his victim who had suffered terrible injuries by his own hands.

Clearly his only thought was to kill his former partner and leave their son without a mother. She was very lucky to have survived this ordeal and will now have to contend with lifelong medical problems as a result.
We are very pleased with todays sentencing and we are very grateful to the victim in this case for assisting with the prosecution. She has shown a tremendous amount of courage and while she is still recovering we hope she can put this ordeal behind her and move forward positively with her life knowing Sargent is behind bars.