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Husband punched his wife’s face until she became blind in 1 eye

By William Martin 12:51 PM November 13, 2017
Robert Fitzpatrick

A vicious man beat his wife repeatedly until he blinded her in one eye, according to police in the United Kingdom.

45-year-old Robert Fitzpatrick was sentenced on Friday, at Preston Crown Court, to 20 years and six months behind bars.

Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm, one count of actual bodily harm, and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The incidents occurred against his 29-year-old wife at their home on Preston Old Road over a period of two years.

During that time, Fitzpatrick inflicted several injuries on her, including breaking her wrist, headbutting her and during his final attack, punching her repeatedly in the head, causing her to lose sight in one eye.

After the victim reported the assaults to police, Fitzpatrick and an associate of his, 38-year-old Lee Jumeaux, offered her up to 30,000 pounds ($40,000) to drop the case.

The woman refused to do so.

Jumeaux denied conspiring to pervert the course of justice but was convicted following a trial.

He was also sentenced on Friday to two years in prison.

DC Matt Hodgson, of Blackpool Police, said: “This is one of the most horrific cases I have had to deal with in 14 years of policing and I am pleased the courts have taken it as seriously as we did.

“Fitzpatrick carried out a campaign of violence against his now-former partner for a year and a half and I am satisfied that he is now behind bars where he belongs.

“The victim has been left with lasting physical damage, and I must commend her for her immense courage in coming forward to report these incidents to police.

“She showed further bravery when she refused to be intimidated into dropping her complaint. I hope she is now able to take some comfort from the sentences Fitzpatrick and Jumeaux have received, and that she can begin to move forward with her life.

“I also hope these sentences send a message that in Lancashire, we take all crimes of this nature very seriously. Any victim of domestic abuse should report it to us in the knowledge that we will take their complaint seriously and they will be treated sensitively and professionally at all times.”