'Sick and twisted' Corby man who repeatedly attacked his defenceless former partner sent to jail

He's also been given a five year restraining order

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 11:41 am
John Anthony Friery of Corby, who is now behind bars

A man who beat his terrified former partner on five occasions during a year-long period has been imprisoned.

John Anthony Friery, 35, was given an 18-month jail sentence after leaving his former partner terrified in her own home.

He had initially denied two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and three charges of assault by beating when he first appeared before the courts. The offences took place between October 2019 and September 2020.

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The victim was left with blackened eyes, bruised and in a terrified state after she had told Friery she didn't want to be in a relationship with him.

The attacks took place when the victim's child was in the house, leaving her 'petrified of her own shadow', according a source, who told the Northants Telegraph after the case that the victim was sent hundreds of vile messages by 'sick and twisted' Friery to persuade her that it was all her fault.

Friery has also been given a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim in any way.

Over Christmas Northants Police ran a campaign to lock up some of the county's worst domestic violence perpetrators, and handed out a string of domestic violence protection notices. The force makes around 300 domestic abuse arrests every month.

If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, or you are concerned that someone you know is a victim, you can phone Northants Police on 101, who will listen to you and believe you.

If you want to report domestic abuse that is happening to someone you know, you can phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you want to speak to someone more informally about what is happening to you, then you can visit the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service website.