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Banbury woman ‘slashed with shard from broken plate’, Oxford court hears


Aug 30, 2022

A man appeared in court accused of slashing his ex-partner’s arms with a shard from a broken plate.

Jack Barratt, 41, is said to have smashed the plate during an argument at her home in Bretch Hill, Banbury, smashed a glass picture frame over the woman’s head and stabbed at her with a ceramic shard.

Prosecutors claim he threatened to kill her, saying: “I will slit your f***ing throat.” He is also alleged to have threaten to kill his friend, with whom he had gone to the woman’s house.

The woman allegedly sustained a 3cm deep and 4cm long wound to her arm, the court heard.

Appearing before Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Bank Holiday Monday, Barratt, of New Road, Banbury, entered no pleas to allegations of wounding with intent, threats to kill and criminal damage. The wounding with intent charge is indictable-only, meaning pleas can only be taken at the crown court.

Phil Kouvaritakis, defending, made it clear that his client strenuously denied wrongdoing and would claim that the alleged victim’s wounds were self-inflicted.

The magistrates remanded Barratt in custody to appear before Oxford Crown Court on September 30 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Tina Flannery appeared for the Crown Prosecution Service.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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