London man stabbed friend with scissors, then battered girlfriend with rolling pin

Patrick Berry battered his girlfriend when she wouldn't discuss his trial for an earlier assault

Patrick Berry battered his girlfriend when she wouldn't discuss his trial for an earlier assault

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A man who carried out a brutal attack on his girlfriend a few months after he repeatedly stabbed his friend with a pair of scissors has been jailed.

Patrick Berry, 51 and of Bermondsey, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court to nine years' imprisonment, with an extended licence totalling 12 years for grievous bodily harm with intent and 40 months' imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, to run concurrently.

He was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting either victim for an indefinite period.

Berry was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent on October 9, 2017, and pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm on December 5 at the same court.

In the early hours of December 1 2016, Berry and his then-girlfriend were at his friend's home in Bermondsey following an evening at the pub together.

The victim complimented Berry's girlfriend on her clothing and then went into another room. Berry followed the victim into the room and kicked him in the back knocking him to the floor. Berry then sat on the victim's chest, grabbed a pair of nearby nail scissors and stabbed the victim repeatedly in the face with them and tried to stab him in the eyes.

The victim managed to struggle free and turned onto his front. Berry then started to stab the victim in the back before standing up, stamping on the victim and hitting him with a chair, finally leaving the premises with his girlfriend.

The attack lasted for about 20 minutes and resulted in the victim losing consciousness and requiring hospital treatment.

Berry was arrested on December 19, 2016 and gave a no-comment interview. He was charged on 20 December 2016.

At around 3pm on March 29 last year, Berry went over to the house of his new girlfriend, Michelle Maguire, in Bermondsey and began talking about his upcoming trial. When she said she did not want to talk about it, police say Berry "flipped out" and carried out a sustained attack on her that lasted for about two hours.

The ordeal took place in the victim's kitchen and saw Berry beat the victim repeatedly in the face and head with a granite pestle and a rolling pin. The victim fell to the floor and the attack continued with the victim losing consciousness, Berry repeatedly kicking her and stamping on her. He also sat on her chest, preventing her from breathing.

The victim was taken to hospital with what was initially thought to be life-changing injuries. She received a 45-centimetre wound to her scalp requiring 21 staples and four stitches to her head. She also had significant bruising to her face and legs.

Berry was arrested on March 30, 2017. He denied attacking the victim and said that she had tried to attack him. He was charged on April 3.

During sentencing Judge Clarke classified Berry as a "dangerous offender" and described the crime scene photos from his girlfriend's home as "a scene from The Oresteia," which is an Ancient Greek tragedy, due to the amount of blood.

Detective constable Sam Cafferty, the investigating officer from Southwark CID, said: "Berry is a dangerous individual who carried out two absolutely brutal attacks on his innocent victims.

"I would like to praise the victims for their immense bravery in helping us to bring Berry to justice. I hope his sentencing gives them both a measure of closure and comfort."

Detective Inspector Tracey Miller, said: "This was an horrific example of the type of abuse suffered by victims of domestic violence. That the victim was able to give such compelling evidence was in large part due to the strong partnership between the Metropolitan Police and Victim support who have Independent Domestic Violence Advisers co-located in the police station to provide immediate specialist intensive support throughout the process."