Hawkesley man who abused his teenage girlfriend and blinded her in one eye is jailed for six years
Written by Tristan Harris on March 27, 2019
AN ABUSIVE boyfriend from Hawkesley who repeatedly attacked his teenage partner and left her blinded in one eye has been jailed for six years.
James Anderson, 23, of Forde Way Gardens, subjected his girlfriend who was 16 when they met in 2016 to terrifying abuse and she bravely came forward to inform the police.
The girl was vulnerable following the death of her dad and, after befriending her, Anderson went on to torment her with both verbal and physical abuse.
He wrongly accused her of cheating and would regularly beat her – including biting, choking and burning her with a lighter.
In the most vicious attack in June 2017 he strangled and then jammed his thumb in her eye causing lasting damage.
He then marched her several miles to his flat at knifepoint to carry out an assault which only stopped when she fell unconscious.
Anderson, who was already serving a suspended sentence for assaulting his previous partner was charged with causing actual bodily harm.
He was recalled to prison for the remainder of his sentence but made repeated attempts and threats to stop the teenager testifying.
He admitted causing actual bodily harm at a previous hearing but was convicted of coercive control and witness intimidation following a trial.
At Birmingham Crown Court, as well as the six-year sentence, he was also put on a ten-year restraining order.