Man jailed for assaulting ex-partner
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A Leicester man who assaulted his ex-partner in Leicester city centre has been jailed.
Leroy James, 37, was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment at Leicester Crown Court today (Thursday 20 August).
He was also given a four-year restraining order, forbidding him from contacting his victim.
Yesterday (Wednesday) James, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to one count of causing grievous bodily harm.
The incident happened at a flat in the city on 21 February this year. Police were called after a member of the public noticed the victim had significant facial injuries and was struggling to walk.
After speaking to officers, she confirmed she had been assaulted by James – who she was in a relationship with at the time – and he was promptly arrested.
Detective Constable Jack Chester, from the force’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit (DAIU), was the investigating officer. He said: “The victim in this case originally said she’d been assaulted by a group of women. However, after realising that James could have killed her, she disclosed what had happened.
“I am pleased that James has admitted his crimes and as a result is now serving a custodial sentence, which means he cannot harm others who he has formed relationships with.
“I hope he takes time to reflect on the severity of his crimes.”
Further information about domestic abuse – including how to report incidents and support available to victims – can be found by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/