A man from Penrith has been sentenced for assault by beating.
Michael Jacques, aged 50 from Sandgate, Penrith, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 140 days in prison (suspended for 12 months), Â£150 compensation, Â£190 costs and 60 hours unpaid work at Carlisle Magistrates on Friday 25thÂ July 2014.
On the 7thÂ March 2014 police received a call from a member of the public to a report an ongoing domestic assault, at Raiselands Croft. It was a sustained assault against his ex-partner Joy Sayers, aged 38 from Penrith, resulting in facial bruising, loss of hair, scratches and grazes to her arms, legs, and forehead.
Joy Sayers has decided to speak about the incident in order to encourage other domestic violence victims to report abuse. She said:
â€œI would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who has experienced domestic abuse to come forward so that they can seek justice, and hopefully reduce the risk of it happening to another woman.
â€œThe violence was awful, but the hardest part for me has been the aftermath. Some people in Penrith have accused me of lying and a number of so called friends have taken his side. I never expected this kind of reaction to being assaulted, and the last few months have been incredibly difficult for me.
â€œHowever I was determined to see him prosecuted as what he did to me was completely wrong, particularly as our young sons were in the house at the time. Although I would never say anything negative to them about their father, it is important to me that they do not grow up believing that violence is acceptable.
â€œThis is the first time I have ever experienced anything like this â€“ the physical violence was completely out of the blue. It was such a shock and I was really scared to talk to the police about it. However I would like to urge women in a similar position to report violence in the home as no one should have to accept it as part of their life.â€
DC Cath McFadden, the officer who lead on the case, said:
â€œI am pleased that Jacques has been punished for his actions. Domestic violence will not be tolerated in Cumbria â€“ no one should have to live in fear in their own homes. I would encourage anyone who has any concerns to get in touch; all reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.â€
Anyone who would like to report domestic violence should call Cumbria Police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously onÂ 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999.