A Swindon man who threatened and injured his then girlfriend with a knife has been sentenced.
Joao Araujo, 34, from Queensfield, pleaded guilty to Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) and was handed his sentence at Swindon Crown Court today, Friday 17 August.
On 17 February, Araujo drove his now ex-girlfriend to his place of work; during an argument between them both he picked up a kitchen knife and started to threaten her with it. As he walked towards her she grabbed the blade, fearing that if she didn’t he would stab her, unfortunately, as she gripped the knife it cut her hand causing a deep gash which needed eight stitches.
He was sentenced to seven months in prison suspended for two years, ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work, a three month curfew and a five year restraining order stopping him from contacting the victim.
Following today’s sentencing, DC Tom Fowler said: “We welcome the result and are pleased that Araujo has been punished for what was a nasty assault on his former partner.
“The victim was intimidated by this man and I hope today’s sentencing gives her some comfort and closure on what has been a difficult time for her. Hopefully she can now move on with her life.
“I’d also like to praise her for the bravery she has shown in giving evidence in court.
“I appreciate how hard it can be for victims of domestic abuse to report what they are going through and ask for help. It is really important that anyone who believes they are a victim, or anyone who knows somebody who may be being abused, contacts police immediately. We can help provide the most appropriate support to those who need it, as well as take action against the offenders and put them before the courts.
“I hope that this case will encourage other victims to come forward and seek help.”
Domestic abuse isn’t just about violent or threatening behaviour. It can happen to anyone regardless of gender, religion, race or sexuality. It can happen in short and long term relationships. Partners, ex-partners and family members can all be involved.
Domestic abuse is everyone’s business. If it’s happening to you or someone you know please report it to the police as soon as you can. All reports are taken extremely seriously.
Please call Wiltshire Police on 101 to report your concerns. If you think you or someone else you know are in immediate danger please call 999 immediately.
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