Man Jailed For Inflicting Years Of Abuse On Partner

He punched, kicked and hit her with a metal pole

A Wandsworth man has been jailed after inflicting years of abuse on his partner.

Eric Walker, 47, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court this week to a total of seven-and-a-half years' imprisonment having been found guilty of grievous bodily harm, wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Police were called on 8th October 2013 to a south London hospital after a woman attended with a number of head injuries that she said had been caused by her partner.

She told police that her partner had argued with her in the early hours of that morning about a broken glass. Her partner then carried out a severe attack on her. He punched, kicked and hit her with a metal pole in an attack that lasted for over five hours.

The victim went to work later that morning where a colleague called for an ambulance.

Her injuries that day included swelling to her face, a cut to the head, bruising to the upper body and swelling to her arms. Her knees, ankles and hips were also swollen.

When spoken to by police, the victim informed them that she had been beaten by Walker for several years.

Walker was arrested on 10th October 2013 following a manhunt, and taken to Wandsworth police station. Throughout his interview he gave a "no comment" reply, however he was charged the following day.

Detective Constable Aled Thomas said: "Walker abused this woman for a number of years, inflicting serious injuries to her eye, arm, leg and back, even before the assault in October.

"He instilled such a level of fear that even when she was in pain, the victim was too scared to tell anyone.

"The bravery she showed by speaking to police and hospital staff in October proved vital in leading to Walker's conviction and the amount of time he will spend in prison. I would like to praise her for the strength and courage she has shown."

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Foley said: "Officers in Wandsworth and across the Met are determined to stop this type of crime.

"It is unacceptable for anyone to inflict this level of violence, particularly in what should be the safety of a home environment. I would encourage anyone who is the victim of domestic abuse to contact police, or any of the charities that supports victims."

July 7, 2014