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Jail for ‘nasty and cowardly’ attack that saw abuser headbutt girlfriend


Sep 2, 2022

Domestic abuse victims were urged to come forward – as police lambasted a ‘nasty and cowardly attack’ that saw the attacker jailed.

Grant Stephen, 28, was jailed for 16 months at Oxford Crown Court last week for headbutting his then partner while they were in the car together in Banbury.

You can read the Oxford Mail’s report from the sentencing hearing here.

Now, Thames Valley Police have urged other victims of domestic violence to report their abusers.

PC Chris Gutteridge, of Bicester police station, said: “This was a nasty and cowardly attack against the victim which left her with a lifelong injury.

“There is no place for domestic abuse. If you have been a victim of domestic violence then please do report it. If you are in immediate danger, please always call 999.

“Alternatively, you can report on our online domestic abuse reporting page or you can call 101.”

Last Friday, Judge Nigel Daly noted that Stephen had a previous conviction for assaulting an ex-partner.

“The truth of the matter is you previously received help, you undertook that Building Better Relationships programme,” the judge said.

“It seems to have had no effect. You just went out and assaulted your next partner.

“I consider you remain a danger to the public, particularly to women with whom you form a relationship and I don’t think there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation as a result.”

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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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