Man jailed for seriously assaulting his partner - Newport Pagnell


A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday, Thursday, 31 October 2013, and was jailed for twelve years for seriously assaulting his 30-year-old partner, leaving her with life threatening injuries.

Ian Ratledge, aged 51, of Hopton Grove, Newport Pagnell, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent at Oxford Crown Court on 28 August 2013, after a seven day trial.

The court heard Ratledge carried out a sustained brutal attack on his victim 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 condition, 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 serve a minimum of nine years.  He was also given an indefinite restraining order against his victim, as well as her mother and partner.