A woman has thanked an officer for the support she received following the sentence of her former boyfriend who subjected her to serious facial injuries in Canvey.
The 24 year-old, attended Basildon Crown Court today, Friday February 14, with Detective Constable Leanne Howes from Basildon Domestic Abuse Investigation Team to hear the sentencing of Michael Norfolk, 28, of Thorney Bay Road, Canvey.
Norfolk received 13 years for causing grievous bodily harm with intent and he must serve a further five year on licence.
His victim was at home on Sunday August 25, 2019 when she was called by Norfolk, who made unproven claims she had danced with another man.
An hour later, he arrived at her address and continued to make accusations before becoming aggressive.
During an argument, a bottle smashed and she began cleaning glass from the floor.
This was the last thing she could remember because she had been knocked unconscious and left by Norfolk, who fled the scene. She awoke in hospital with facial fractures.
“I woke up and I was so confused. I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror and I was unrecognisable,” she said.
“My injuries have taken three months to heal and I’m still undergoing treatment.
“If anything comes from the incident, I hope others have the bravery to come forward and speak to Essex Police. I was really supported by the domestic abuse team in Basildon.”
Det Con Howes said: “She has shown an enormous amount of bravery since being subjected to a cowardly, horrific and unprovoked assault.
“Her abuser will now spend time locked in a prison cell where he will have time to think about his actions.
“By visiting her, making regular contact with her and by providing support to her, we were able to help Jess and send a domestic abuser to prison.”
If you have concerns about domestic abuse or are concerned about a loved one, please call 101 and police will listen and support you.
You can also report information online by visiting www.essex.police.uk or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.