Man jailed for hammer attack on ex-partner in her Northamptonshire home

Daniel Philip Joseph Munn

Daniel Philip Joseph Munn

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A man has been jailed for more than eight years for driving to his ex-partner’s home before attacking her with a hammer.

Daniel Munn, 27, who was previously from Wollaston, hit her on the head and back in the attack in August last year.

Northampton Crown Court

Northampton Crown Court

Having driven from Essex to her Grendon home, he duped her into letting him into his home before ranting at her then beginning the assault.

He was jailed for eight years and two months at a Northampton Crown Court hearing today (Monday, January 12). He had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent.

The 32-year-old victim was treated in hospital for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutor Gary Short read a victim impact statement to the court in which she said: “My first night in hospital I felt awfully scared that Daniel hadn’t been caught by the police.”

She also said that because the assault had taken place in her own home she was now frightened to be on her own, adding: “I think this is something that will stay with me forever.”

Sentencing Munn, Judge Rupert Mayo said: “You were behaving in a violent, controlling and abusive manner. There was, in my judgement, a significant degree of pre-planning.”

But accepting that Munn had acted out-of-character, he added: “This was certainly a one-off when it comes to the level of violence displayed.”

Detective Constable James Wright, who led the investigation, said: “The attack itself was by all accounts a premeditated one with the defendant travelling from Essex armed with a hammer, it is believed with the sole intention of causing serious harm to his ex-partner.

“Not only is the defendant now serving a suitable sentence, but the victim can rebuild her life and put this horrific event behind her.”