Callous thug beats up woman, watched by her son

A callous thug who beat up a woman in her home, watched by her horrified son, has been locked up.

Michael James Saunderson, from Brompton, showed no remorse and will spend Christmas, his 39th birthday and the first few months of next year behind bars.

At York crown court, he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was jailed for nine months and banned from certain roads in Sherburn, where his victim lives, for 10 years.

On the evening of 19 July, Saunderson visited the woman, 49, and subjected her to a prolonged and brutal attack, in front of her son, 14.

He grabbed her by the hair and smashed her head on the floor, causing head injuries which required hospital treatment.

The victim told the police. Saunderson was arrested within hours, charged and remanded into custody until the trial.

Taking into account the time he has already been incarcerated, he will be eligible for release on 23 April.

The officer in charge of the investigation, DC David Adams, said Saunderson had shown no remorse. He had gone to the victim’s home intending to carry out a seriously violent attack, which was witnessed by her son, DC Adams said.

“This incident will stay with them and their wider family for the rest of their lives and they will never forget what happened”, DC Adams said. “But I hope they can move on from this horrific incident and hopefully be happier in their lives, knowing that Saunderson will not be able to come anywhere near them.

“The victim in this case was very brave and spoke out. I’d like to thank her for her bravery and hope this case encourages other victims of domestic abuse to come forward and contact the police”.

Addressing such victims directly, DC Adams said: “You do have a voice, so please speak out - police will be there to listen and to help you. Domestic abuse of any kind will not be tolerated by police. We will support victims and offenders will be arrested and brought to justice, as in this case”.