Man jailed for beating up partner

Christopher Potts

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A MAN who subjected his former partner to a brutal and sustained attack has been jailed.

Christopher Potts, 26, of Bradlegh Road, Newton-le-Willows, used ornaments and glasses during the attack on his former partner as his six-year-old daughter watched.

When she tried to intervene, he kicked her in the head.

His partner was left with multiple injuries to her head, face, torso, legs and arms.

Potts admitted Section 18 wounding against his former partner and actual bodily harm against their daughter.

He was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today, Friday, to six years for assaulting his former partner at a property in Newton-le-Willows on July 3 and 12 months to run concurrent for the assault on their daughter.

Merseyside Police is encouraging people who are in abusive or violent relationships to seek help before the problems escalate.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Colette Robinson said help was out there for victims of domestic abuse and urged sufferers to use the Victim Care Merseyside service.

She said: “Potts subjected his former partner to a brutal and sustained assault, which included the use of an ornament and glasses, that left her with multiple injuries to her head, face, torso, legs and arm.

“Not only did the victim’s six-year-old daughter witness her mother being attacked, she was also kicked by Potts to the head herself when she tried to intervene to protect her.”

She said the incident has had a profound effect on both the mother and her daughter, both physically and psychologically.

“No one should ever have to suffer in silence, or feel that they are alone. There is a great deal of professional advice and support out there for people in unhappy, unhealthy, confrontational relationships and these are available free of charge,” DC Robinson added.

“Whether you are a man or a woman, you should not have to suffer or endure verbal or physical abuse from a partner or relative.

“Victim Care Merseyside can tell you when to get the right kind of support for you and I would urge anyone experiencing these kind of issues not to suffer in silence but instead speak out.

“There is no place in our communities for people who commit such violent and horrendous crime against their partner and this sentence reflects the severity of the offence and how seriously police and the courts take it.

“While it cannot undo what has been done, I hope the sentence given today will in time give the victims and their family some comfort.

“I’d like to thank the investigation team and the Crown Prosecution Service for their hard work in bringing this case to court.”

For help if you have been a victim of crime anywhere in Merseyside, call the police on 999 or 101 and visit www.victimcaremerseyside.org