Man found guilty of seriously assaulting his partner - Newport Pagnell


A man has today, Wednesday, 28 August 2013, been convicted at Oxford Crown Court of grievous bodily harm with intent against his 30-year-old partner, which left her with serious life threatening injuries.

Ian Ratledge, aged 51, of Hopton Grove, Newport Pagnell, was found guilty of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent following a seven day trial by a jury.

The court heard that Ratledge carried out a sustained brutal attack on his partner at their home on 24 February 2012. Following the attack, he left her unconscious body on the sofa for a considerable period of time, before telling a lodger in the property about what he had done. Upon seeing the severity of her injuries, the lodger left the premises and contacted the police.

Her injuries included extensive bruising all over her body, bite marks, and a bleed on the brain. There were marks around her neck indicating a ligature had been used. She suffered serious injuries to her heart, kidney, head and brain. Medical evidence confirmed that without medical treatment she would have died from her injuries.

The victim continues to require medical treatment.

Ratledge will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, 27 September 2013.