Man jailed for 'honour' crime

|News, Violent crime

A member of the travelling community has been jailed for assaulting his niece for being in a relationship with an English man.

Thomas Ward drove towards his estranged niece at 9am on 1 July 2018 and called her a prostitute and a whore. He got out of the car and without warning punched her around the head before pulling her to the floor and kicking her to her head and body.

The victim managed to escape several minutes into the attack with numerous bruises and swelling to her head, arms and hand.

Lisa Connor for the CPS said: "The motivation for this assault was because the victim had left the travelling community and had formed a relationship with an English man. Thomas Ward considered this unacceptable to the travelling community's culture.

"The Crown Prosecution Service is fully committed to prosecuting fairly and effectively all those who harm others in the name of 'honour'.

"This type of offence is a violation of human rights and is a form of domestic violence. There is no, and cannot be, honour or justification for abusing the human rights of others."

Notes to editors

  • Lisa Connor is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West
  • Thomas Ward was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 5 October 2018 to 16 months in prison for ABH
  • He was also sentenced to 10 months in prison for driving offences including dangerous driving, driving with no licence and insurance for a separate matter.

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