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Hastings man jailed for stabbing his fiancee

December 4, 2012, 12:10 pm

A Hastings man has been given an indeterminate jail sentence after he stabbed his fiancée in the liver and then wouldn’t let her seek treatment.
Richard McNally, 49, of Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings, pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm with intent and false imprisonment on his partner on 1 May this year.
He was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday 30 November and given the Indeterminate Sentence with a minimum tariff of five years.
The court heard he had stabbed her twice – once in the stomach which lacerated her liver causing a potentially life threatening injury and to her right knee which severed the ligament.
They had argued after the victim aged 38 had been out drinking with her friends. She returned to the flat and he punched and kicked her. He then stabbed her twice but refused to let her out of the flat to seek medical help. McNally told her he would stitch up her wounds himself and if she told the police, he would find her and kill her.
After lying on the floor all night, the victim was finally able to the leave the flat at 11am the following day but she collapsed in the road. A passer by helped her and an ambulance was called.
As she was about to undergo surgery in the hospital theatre, she told police who was responsible for inflicting her injuries and said McNally had assaulted her before in the past several times. He was located and arrested on 3 May.
After the case, Detective Constable Brett White of the Adult Protection Team said: “Justice has been reached in this case. The victim not only sustained life threatening injuries but was then prevented from seeking the medical treatment she urgently needed. The outcome of McNally’s actions could have proved fatal.
“I would pay tribute to the courage the victim has shown and for her co-operation by supporting our investigation from the beginning to its conclusion which has contributed to the positive outcome of this case.”
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