Rainworth woman 'looked like she'd been hit by a car' following attack from her former partner
A Rainworth woman looked like “she’d been hit by a car” after she was attacked by her former partner when he discovered she had been seeing other men, a court heard.
Wayne Shaw was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm following a magistrates’ court trial in April, and the case was sent to Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing.
The court heard on Tuesday, May 4, that Shaw had turned up at the address he had previously shared with his wife and three children drunk, in Second Avenue, Rainworth, and repeatedly punched her, said Catherine Picardo, prosecuting.
Police were so concerned for her welfare that they took the victim straight to King’s Mill Hospital, rather than waiting for an ambulance.
“Neighbours had reported a male at the address, and police saw the defendant stumbling around in the kitchen, and the victim came running out with severe facial injuries,” she told the court.
“Her eye was bruised and closed up and his knuckles were bloody and as he was taken outside he lunged at her. When inside the police vehicle the told officers,’Wouldn’t you be upset if your wife of 16 years had cheated on you?’
“At the hospital, the victim was petrified that the defendant would come back and hurt her again.
"Their three children were present at the time – they didn’t witness the assault but they did come down when the police arrived at the address.”
The victim had to stay in hospital for a number of days for treatment to nasal fracture and severe bruising, and a deep cut to her hand where Shaw threw a washing basket at her as part of the attack in April this year.
Shaw, 35, of Finchley Close, Mansfield, has a total of nine previous convictions for 12 offences, including a domestic assault on another woman dating back to 2009, the court heard.
Mitigating, Bianca Brasoveanu said that Shaw had started drinking heavily and had stopped taking antidepressants after the relationship ended.
“This is a man who was feeling angry that the woman he loved was sending compromising messages to other men of a sexual nature,” she told the court.
Sentencing Shaw to 15 months in prison, Recorder Jason Macadam told him: “You returned to your former home and committed the most dreadful assault on this woman.
“You are 6ft 3 and you have much more power than her and you used that power to commit the most dreadful assault. It looked as if she had been hit by a car.
" It’s made much worse by the fact that your children were at home at the time, even if they didn’t witness it, and the police were so concerned that they drove her straight to hospital rather than waiting for an ambulance.
“Attacking a woman in her own home, a place where she is entitled to feel safe, and causing her the injuries she has suffered can only result in an immediate custodial sentence.”
He also issued a 10-year restraining order, banning Shaw from contacting his victim.