Man jailed for blinding partner and offering her £30K to retract

10/11/2017

A man who blinded his partner in one eye has today been sentenced to 20 years and six months imprisonment at Preston Crown Court.

Robert Fitzpatrick, 45, assaulting his partner on three occasions between July 2015 and September 2016. When he was in custody awaiting trial for those assaults, he arranged for Lee Jumeaux to visit her to offer her £30,000 so that she would not attend the trial.

Robert Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Lee Jumeaux, 38, was found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice following a four day trial and has today been sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Brett Gerrity for the CPS said: "We worked closely with the police to build a strong case of evidence against Robert Fitzpatrick in one of the worst domestic violence cases I have seen. We disproved the catalogue of lies he told as he tried to cover up the brutal assaults, including arranging for someone to offer the victim thousands of pounds to not testify against him at the trial. 

"It was only when the weight of evidence against him became overwhelming; he eventually pleaded guilty to the offences he faced. Following the trial, the jury agreed with the prosecution case and found Lee Jumeaux guilty of conspiring with Robert Fitzpatrick, who was in a prison cell, to pervert the course of justice.

"I would like to thank the victim for showing immense courage in coming forward and standing up against this dangerous man who subjected her to the most appalling violence which has enabled us to bring him to justice."

Note to Editors

Brett Gerrity is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West