Life imprisonment for man who admitted attempted murder


A man has been jailed for life with a minimum of nine years after admitting attempting to murder a woman in Jaywick last year.

 Kerry Roberts, 49, of no fixed address, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, March 2, and pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted murder, which occurred on November 1, 2014.

His victim who was in her 40s, was violently assaulted, and left with serious injuries and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Prosecuting lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service in the East of England, Lynn Harvey, said: "This was a vicious and sustained attack by a violent man who has no regard for the lasting physical and mental harm he has inflicted on his victim.

"The attack was unrelenting, causing horrific injuries, and to carry it out, in part in the presence of a small child, is unthinkable.

"We are pleased Roberts has pleaded guilty to attempted murder, which at least means his victim will not have to face the ordeal of a trial and that a young witness will not have to give evidence.

"We would like to thank the victim for coming forward to the authorities and for assisting the prosecution. We hope she can move forward with her life and put this frightening attack behind her."

Roberts was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.