Man jailed for abusing and assaulting victim

09/10/2017

A 37-year-old man has been jailed at Stafford Crown Court to three years’ imprisonment after he was found guilty of mentally and physically abusing his victim.

In the early hours of 18 May 2017, David Morris scaled three stories up a drainpipe on the outside of the victim's property and let himself in through the open bathroom window. He then walked into her bedroom and he first attacked her friend, who was in bed, and he later assaulted her.

Morris used a number of improvised weapons, on the friend, including a lamp, bowl, candlestick and the television to attack the victim. During the assault, the female victim shouted out of the window for help and, fortunately, a passer-by heard her and told the owner of a nearby shop what was happening. However, before help could arrive, Morris also assaulted her.

Police later arrested the defendant and when they spoke to the victim she revealed that this was not an isolated incident. The day before, Morris had approached her and spat in her face. A few days earlier he had punched her to the face. A few weeks earlier he had stamped on her foot and twisted his foot around. On another occasion he had pulled a door off its hinges and thrown it towards her.

Moriss pleaded guilty to offences of wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a course of harassment (putting her in fear of violence)

Julia Mcsorley, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said:

"Over a lengthy period David Morris subjected the victim to extreme mental and physical abuse, which culminated in the violent offences on both victims.

"The victims and witnesses did not attend court which resulted in witness summons being served. In the interests of protecting the victims, future partners and the wider public from Morris, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) applied for witness warrants and as a result the witnesses were bought in to court.

"On their attendance, the defendant pleaded guilty to offences of wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a course of harassment.

"We encourage anyone exposed to such behaviour to report the matter to the police. The CPS view matter of domestic violence with the utmost gravity and in conjunction with our partner agencies will work to support you throughout the prosecution process."