A man who ‘repeatedly’ punched and kicked a woman to the floor in front of her children has been jailed.
During the violent assault 28-year-old Sam Murray repeatedly punched and kicked the victim, despite her pleas to stop, leaving her with bruised ribs.
Officers from Chelmsford’s Local Policing Team were called and Murray was arrested within minutes of police arriving at the scene.
The violent assault, which happened just days before Christmas, was investigated by Essex Police’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Team.
Murray, of Coulsdon Road in Coulsdon, pleaded guilty to three counts of causing actual bodily harm at Chelmsford Crown Court in February.
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At a hearing on Tuesday, March 23 Murray was sentenced to three years in prison.
“The victim was certain she would die if Murray didn’t stop”
Investigating officer, PC Whelan Bassett of Chelmsford’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Domestic abuse is something that’s really difficult to talk about – let alone get out of. In this situation, the victim was certain she would die if Murray didn’t stop and that’s a feeling that no-one should ever be subjected to.
“I’d like to thank the victim, and her support network and family, for their bravery and honesty throughout this investigation and I hope that this sends a clear message to anyone suffering behind closed doors: we are here for you.
“If you can’t speak to us when you call 999, just press 55 and it will alert the operator that you’re in a dangerous situation.
“You can also visit our website for advice, and you can hide the page from your search history afterwards.”
Essex Police have urged anyone who may be suffering from domestic abuse, or knows someone who may be affected, to visit their website here for more information on how to get help.