Man jailed for serious assault - Sulhamstead


A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Tuesday, 25 February 2014, and was jailed for 32 months for grievous bodily harm (GBH) against his partner.

American national James Kelley, aged 33, was sentenced after pleading guilty on Wednesday, 19 February, the third day of his trial, to one count of GBH.

On 15 August 2013, Kelley and the victim, who is also an American national, flew to the UK and on 17 August they checked in to a bed and breakfast in Sulhamstead.

In the following days, a number of disagreements took place between the pair and Kelley carried out a serious assault against his partner, which resulted in her sustaining a fractured skull.

On 20 August Kelley took his victim to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading slumped in the footwell of his car. She was unconscious and subsequently transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where she remained in a coma for several days.

Kelley was arrested on 20 August and was charged the following day following advice from Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).