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Telford man sentenced in “one of the worst cases of domestic violence that I have ever dealt with.”

A man has been sentenced to 18 years and 10 months after a woman was left with life-changing injuries after she was attacked in Telford.

Lee Sargent, of Culmington in Stirchley, Telford appeared at Stafford Crown Court today, where he was sentenced for attempted murder.

On August 1, 2023 officers responded to a dropped 999 call at an address in Culmington in Stirchley.

Officers attended the address where they were let into the house by Sargent, who remained calm as he led them upstairs to the main bedroom.

When officers entered the room they found a woman slumped on the bed upstairs with serious life threatening injuries caused by a meat cleaver.

The victim had received 32 injuries to her face and hands during the attack. First aid was carried out by the responding officers, which saved the woman’s life.

The 47-year-old, who remained on the scene, was arrested for attempted murder before being brought in to custody at Malinsgate Police Station.

Sargent was later taken to hospital, where he then assaulted a police officer by spitting at them.

He was then charged the following day with attempted murder and assaulting an emergency worker, where he pleaded guilty to both counts at an earlier hearing in December 2023.

The victim spent 11 days in hospital following the attack and suffered life changing injuries.

Detective Constable Becky Jasper, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: “We welcome today’s sentence of Lee Sargent, as this is one of the worst cases of domestic violence that I have ever dealt with.

“It was a sustained attack, which resulted in life changing injuries for the victim. I’d like to thank her for her cooperation and bravery throughout this investigation.

“I would urge anyone who believes they are a victim of domestic abuse to speak to police.”

In addition to 18 years and 10 months for attempted murder, he was given two months for assaulting an emergency service worker and two months in an unconnected child neglect case. He will serve these sentences concurrently.

To report cases of domestic abuse please visit our website Report domestic abuse | West Mercia Police. Always call 999 in an emergency.

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