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Coventry man 'held hot iron to woman's face' in domestic abuse attack

John Carlon 5th Feb, 2020 Updated: 5th Feb, 2020

A MAN police suspect held a hot iron against a woman’s face has been remanded in custody.

Joseph Johnson, aged 28, from Willenhall, Coventry, was arrested on 27 January over a domestic assault where a woman was repeatedly punched and burned with an iron.

Officers from West Midlands Police charged Jones with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm. Warwick magistrates denied him bail ahead of a crown court appearance at the Leamington Justice Centre on February 27.

Police chiefs say they are looking to crack down on domestic abuse – arresting 1,090 people for offences ranging from nasty assaults to bullying behaviour, harassment and breaches of restraining orders over the past year.

West Midlands Police Superintendent Sally Simpson, said: “Every day we are tracing and arresting people who are accused of domestic violence and abuse. Not just physical abuse, but also emotional, psychological, verbal and financial abuse.

“Some of these charges are ‘victimless prosecutions’. We understand some survivors may be fearful of their abuser and scared to press charges – but that doesn’t stop us gathering enough evidence to take suspects to court. That’s what we’ve done.

“We have teams of public protection officers who are specially trained to investigate domestic abuse cases and support survivors.

“We appreciate that reporting domestic offences to the police or a charity can be a difficult decision. We don’t underestimate the wider impact. But what we can say is that we will listen, help in any way we can, and most importantly, protect you.”

For support or advice on domestic abuse west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/domestic.

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