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5½ years for brutal domestic attacker

News Article, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 21 March 2013

A SCARBOROUGH man has been jailed for 5½ years at York Crown Court after pleading guilty to assault and false imprisonment.

David Fraser Flinton, 31, of Hinderwell Road, Scarborough caused serious injuries to a Scarborough woman while holding her against her will over a weekend in May 2012.

On Friday 11 May 2012, Flinton, who knew the woman, lured her under false pretences to a flat in the Falsgrave Road area of Scarborough.

Fuelled with alcohol, he savagely and brutally assaulted the victim by kicking and punching her. As she attempted to leave the flat, she was violently grabbed by her hair and dragged back into the flat.

The woman reported her ordeal to the police on 14 May 2012.

As a result of the attack, the victim suffered a fractured arm, fractured sternum and severe bruising to her face. She had metal plates inserted into her arm which involved several visits to hospital. Her injuries, which also included a blood clot around her eye, took several months to heal and she is still left with scarring and weakness in her arm.

Flinton was charged on 14 May 2012 and pleaded guilty to both offences on Wednesday 20 March 2013 and was sentenced the same day. He was jailed for four years for assault and 18 months for false imprisonment, with the sentences to run consecutively.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Claire Wilkinson, of North Yorkshire Police's Protecting Vulnerable Person's Unit, praised the victim for her bravery in coming forward and reporting the assault. She said: "Flinton would have got away with this horrendous crime had it not been for the victim's bravery and her determination to see that this does not happen to any one else.

"Initially the victim was too frightened to report the assault and reluctant to pursue the case against Flinton. But with support from specially trained officers from the police and partner agencies, she was able to gain confidence and provide evidence to enable us to take the case to court.

"I sincerely hope this case gives other victims of domestic violence the courage and confidence to come forward, safe in the knowledge that the police will do everything possible to protect them from future violence and pursue the perpetrators through the courts."

DC Wilkinson added: "North Yorkshire Police are committed to protecting and preventing crimes of domestic abuse and would encourage people suffering domestic violence to come forward and report it to the police. We have specially trained officers who work in dedicated protection units across the force. As well as investigating the crime, they can also provide advice about other support services, separate from the police, which are available to victims of both violent and sexual crime."

Report by: Dave Roberts
21 March 2013





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