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Man whose attack on his partner left him with brain damage has his prison sentence increased


A man jailed after attacking his girlfriend so violently that she suffered brain damage and was unable to walk independently has had his prison sentence increased.

Adam Fleming, 27, inflicted life-threatening injuries on the vulnerable woman at their flat in Ramsgate, Kent, in January last year.

Doctors discovered that she suffered from brain damage with internal bleeding, multiple facial fractures, numerous bruises on her body and fractured ribs.

After pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the day of his trial at Canterbury Crown Court, Fleming was later sentenced to 14 years in prison, with an extended four-year license term.

The victim’s daughter said in a statement in September that she feared her mother “will be in a nursing home for the rest of my life.”

Adam Fleming (Kent Police/AP) / PA Media

“All I want is to see my mom happy, I want to be able to hang out and spend time together, and it destroys me to know that this may never happen again,” she said.

Solicitor General Alex Chalk QC later referred Fleming’s sentence to the Court of Appeal as “unduly lenient”.

In a judgment delivered on Thursday, senior judges agreed, overturning the original sentence and replacing it with a custodial sentence of 17 years and six months, with an extended license period of four years.

During a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London last week, Jonathan Polnay, representing the Solicitor General, argued there had been a ‘prolonged and persistent attack’ which caused ‘permanent irreversible injury’ .

He argued that the “exceptionally high” level of harm in the case meant the sentence handed down in December should have been longer.

Mr Polnay told the court that the sentencing judge considered it to be “the culmination of a history of violence or abuse towards the victim”.

In the ruling, Lord Justice William Davis, sitting with Justice Hilliard and Justice Alan Conrad QC, noted the “volatile” nature of the relationship.

He said “neighbours regularly heard shouting and shouting coming from their apartment” and that the victim “was often seen with bruises and black eyes”.

On one occasion, the victim sent a voicemail to a social worker where Fleming could be heard in the background saying “I’m going to do this all night”, after which the victim cried out in pain, the judge said.

On Jan. 11, 2021, Fleming called a social worker saying his partner was “having a seizure” and “making funny noises.”

Fleming called emergency services “but showed no sense of urgency or any particular concern”.

His victim ended up in intensive care for 10 days and needed extensive rehabilitation support for months afterwards.

Fleming, who is being held at HMP Elmley, claimed after his arrest that he was in the toilet when he heard a “thud” and then found his victim on the floor.

Medical experts could not determine the precise cause of particular injuries, but said the facial fractures were ‘consistent with punching or kicking’ and the brain injury was ‘indicative of an accelerated downward fall. rear due to a blow or blows to the front. of the face “.

Nick Wells, representing Fleming at the hearing, argued the sentence was “severe” and not unduly lenient.

Judge Davis said the victim, who suffered “appalling consequences”, was “helpless in his own home”.

He concluded: “The breach of trust was acute. It wasn’t a sudden outburst of anger in an otherwise good relationship.

“As accepted on behalf of the offender, there was a long history of violence and coercive behavior on his part.

“He continued to behave in this way despite the intervention of social workers trying to act in the best interests of (the victim).”