Victimless prosecution sees local man jailed for assaulting his partner

A man, who viciously assaulted his partner in a drunken rampage at Kings Norton Station, has been jailed for two years after British Transport Police pursued a victimless prosecution against him.

Raymond Martin left the woman with two black eyes and cuts to her face in a sustained attack, which happened in the car park at around 8pm on 26 September 2018.

The 31-year-old began his violent outburst by slapping his partner across the face, causing her to fall to the floor. While she lay there, motionless and unable to defend herself, he kicked and punched her in the head. As she started to come round and got to her feet, he struck her a second time across the face before walking off.

Martin then returned and grabbed hold of the woman before fleeing when a car entered the car park.

Within two hours of officers being called, Martin was arrested at his home address, wearing a blood-splattered t-shirt.

The brutal assault was captured on CCTV and Martin from Kings Norton, was charged with causing actual bodily harm, which he admitted. On 25th October, he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where he was sentenced to two years behind bars.

Sergeant Wayne Riley from BTP said: “We understand how difficult it can be for those in abusive relationships to break free and we will do everything within our power to protect victims, even if they do not make a complaint against their partner – as was the case with this investigation.

“We are satisfied with the sentence handed to Martin for this brutal and unprovoked attack, which should serve as a deterrent to those who contemplate committing such behaviour and reassure victims that the police and courts will take robust action against offenders.”

Since 2001 police have been able to pursue with an investigation without the victim making a formal complaint to police.

If your in an abusive relationship don’t suffer in silence. For advice visit the national domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid website at womensaid.org.uk or call 0808 2000 247. In an emergency always dial 999.