Two West Midlands Police officers who swooped to rescued a battered woman from an early-morning attack by her violent partner have been praised for their actions as the attacker was jailed for 14 years.
The officers were on routine patrol at 5am in Digbeth, Birmingham city centre, on July 3 last year when they noticed the woman embroiled in a row with then-boyfriend Edwin Allen.
Concerned for the woman’s safety, they pulled over in Bishopsgate Street and walked over to the couple.
Allen backed away but was detained when the officers saw blood splattered across the 44-year-old woman’s face – and a full examination in hospital later revealed the full extent of her injuries including a broken nose, neck and jaw.
Allen, aged 51 and of Edgbaston, was convicted of grevious bodily harm with intent after a trial and locked up for 14 years at Birmingham Crown Court last Thursday (February 1).
In her victim impact statement, his ex-partner said: "I really believe that if the police had not found us and rescued me on the morning of the 3 July 2017; and Allen had of got me back to his flat, then I would have died."
Inspector Cate Webb-Jones, who leads a specialist West Midlands Police domestic abuse team, said: "Allen left his then-girlfriend with horrific injuries and she has had to deal with not just the physical, but also the psychological, impact of this.
"It was down to the sharp observations of officers who sensed something wasn't right that Allen was arrested.
"The support of these officers meant the woman was able to escape her predator and she then felt comfortable explaining how she suffered the horrific injuries at the hands of Allen earlier that night.
"We were able to build the trust of this victim to discover the true extent of what went on and thus were able to build a strong evidential case to bring about the conviction.
"Domestic abuse is unacceptable and this lengthy sentence should reassure the public it will not be tolerated."