Man jailed for vicious assault on woman in front of her children

A man who violently assaulted a woman in front of her children has been jailed for three years.

Sam Murray, 28, of Coulsdon in Surrey attacked the victim at an address in the Chelmsford area five days before Christmas last year.

JAILED: Sam Murray

He repeatedly punched and kicked the victim to the floor, despite her pleas to stop, leaving her with bruised ribs.

Officers from Chelmsford’s Local Policing Team were called and responded quickly, arresting Murray within minutes of being on scene.

Murray pleaded guilty to three counts of causing actual bodily harm at Chelmsford Crown Court in February.

He was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday March 23.

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.”

If you, or someone you know, is suffering from domestic abuse, visit the Essex Police website here for information on how to get help: