Man who tortured woman with boiling hot water admits attack

27/06/2017

A man who poured a kettle of boiling hot water over a woman causing her severe burns has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Police were called to a disturbance at a flat in Tottenham on 21 January where Fiston Onyumbe, 32, [22/09/1984] appeared to be hiding a blood-covered naked woman under a duvet in a bedroom.

She silently mouthed words to the officers prompting them to arrest Onyumbe.

Body worn camera footage filmed by officers straight after the arrest recorded the victim’s statement that Onyumbe had punched her repeatedly to the face, strangled her and then poured a boiling hot kettle full of water over her as part of an attempt to interrogate her.

She jumped out of a first floor window to escape, but he dragged her back up the stairs, banging her head against the bannister as he went, and back into the flat, where she also suffered bruising, and facial and spinal fractures.

Yesterday [26 June] on the first day of his trial at the Central Criminal Court Onyumbe, who his victim knew as Levi, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He also admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on a police officer he headbutted in the face during his arrest causing a cut and swelling.

At an earlier hearing Onyumbe had pleaded guilty to assault by beating, based on a previous assault in Dalston Kingsland High Street on the same woman on the same day after a night out in Dalston.

Thomas Short, CPS reviewing lawyer, said: "This was an extremely disturbing act of domestic violence carried out as part of a sustained assault. Fiston Onyumbe’s victim suffered extreme pain from the boiling water but, despite her pleas, he continued his attack which would no doubt have been even more serious had it not been interrupted by the police officers.

"Her account of what happened was captured almost immediately by body worn video cameras worn by the police and she was able to describe the attack later.

"Measures were put in place by the CPS to help her give evidence and it was when she attended to give evidence that Onyumbe entered this guilty plea, meaning that she did not have to re-live her ordeal in court."

Onyumbe is due to be sentenced on 26 July at the Central Criminal Court.

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