A man was arrested on a charge of attempted murder after throwing off his girlfriend from a balcony because she said something to him that he did not like, police in the United Kingdom said.
Now, 24-year-old John McAleer of Hemel Hempstead, has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison after being found guilty of attempted murder in connection with the assault against his 21-year-old girlfriend.
According to the police investigation, about 3:00 a.m., following a disagreement and an assault on the victim, the couple went on their 4th floor balcony to talk.
When McAleer turned to walk away, Danielle Hammond said something. McAleer angrily turned back and she put her leg up in defense.
He grabbed her leg, pushed it up and threw her over the balcony, causing her to fall 45 feet and suffer severe injuries including a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and major trauma to her abdominal organs.
She was taken to the St. Mary's Hospital in London for treatment.
She has not fully recovered from her injuries, has no memory of what happened and still suffers from hearing, and speech impairments.
McAleer denied attempted murder, initially claiming he hadn't seen the victim fall, but later claiming he stumbled into her before she fell.