We often hear, read or see reports which leave us questioning UK sentencing. Here is one more.
It involves what appears to be a "domestic incident". A man is dumped by his girlfriend and in revenge decides to make her "ugly". The details which follow may cause concern.
40-year-old Jason Hughes, a member of the territorial Army attacked his 26-year-old girlfriend, Natalie Allman.Firstly he attempted to smother her with a pillow. Wanting to make her look ugly he hit her in the face with a dumb bell. His attack lasted seven hours. He ended by slashing her throat with the blade of a mini-tool. The cut was 20cms across. She was lucky to survive. If the cut had reached an artery she would not have.
Hughes then refused to call for medical help for seven hours. The attack took place in front of the couple's young twin boys. They wee aged just two-years-old. The terrified little boys climbed into the bed where their mother lay. When all three were found by the authorities, all were covered in blood. Natalie suffered eight wounds to her head and five fractures to her facial bones.
The separation of the couple had been agreed by both parties. Yet in the end Hughes wanted to exact a terrible revenge for being "dumped".
So what sentence did he receive?
Hughes was sentenced to nine years in jail which means he will be eligible for parole on four years. Not long for the pain and damage he inflicted, is it? Then there are the possible psychological scars inflicted on the two small boys. When you consider some of the sentences dished out by judges for criminal damage you have to wonder, What Price a Life?
Hughes defense team argued that he did not intend to kill Natalie. They said that had he wanted to do so he was well able given his military training. Somehow that does not makes us feel any better about all of this.
The full extent of the three attacks Hughes inflicted on Natalie in that one night are graphically detailed at the MailOnline. The text and the images make for grim viewing.
The couple had planned to marry is February 2012 but decided to call it a day after Natalie grew tired of his heavy drinking. They continued to share the home as he looked for new accommodation.
Hughes was found guilty of malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, eary in August. He was in court today for sentencing.
Natalie has undergone extensive surgery as she tries to rebuild her life. The thought that Hughes could be on the streets in four years obviously worries her. It should however worry us all.
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