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Kendal woman jailed for assaulting her blind husband

|News, Domestic abuse , Violent crime

A 50-year-old woman has been jailed for 12 months for assaulting her husband, who is registered blind, on numerous occasions between November 2019 and May 2020. She was also given a three-year restraining order. 

When police attended Donna Moore’s home in Kendal in May 2020 to check on her husband’s welfare, she verbally abused them, refused to let them in and sprayed an officer in the face with an aerosol bottle.

After she was arrested for assaulting the officer, her husband reported that she had assaulted him regularly from November 2019. The violence had escalated from using her hands to using weapons, including a wooden samurai sword. During this time he had received a broken tooth, nose and finger and when doctors examined him he had bruising all over his body.

Isla Chilton for the CPS said: "Donna Moore assaulted her husband on multiple occasions over a six-month period, each time she got angry. He was unable to see the blows coming down on him so was unable to protect himself.

"Thanks to a concerned friend, the police were able to attend their home, arrest her and bring a stop to the abuse; but not before she threatened and assaulted them too.

"Some male victims of domestic abuse choose not come forward to report the abuse to the police. This can be for a variety of reasons, including fear that their masculinity may appear to be diminished. This case shows that the CPS is committed to securing justice for all victims, both male and female, and we apply our policies fairly and equally."

Notes to editors

  • Isla Chilton is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West
  • Donna Moore pleaded guilty to three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm between 1 November 2019 to 1 May 2020.

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