WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES Joel Fricker, 20, has been jailed for two years after attacking his 19-year-old girlfriend, who was six-months-pregnant at the time, when she turned his back on him during a night out
A thug attacked and bit his pregnant girlfriend before dragging her screaming into his car.
Joel Fricker, 20, attacked his 19-year-old girlfriend, who was six-months-pregnant at the time, after she turned his back on him during a night out.
She was pushed to floor by her boyfriend, Joel Fricker, 20 on the evening of November 27.
The victim had been out for a meal with friends and at around 8.30pm met up Joel Fricker when he immediately became confrontational and aggressive towards the victim and her friends and threatened to assault them and their boyfriends.
When the victim turned her back on him, Fricker assaulted his girlfriend from behind without warning, knocking her to the ground, reports Lancashire Live.
He then dragged the screaming and pregnant victim- into his car.
Concerned onlookers called the police and officers quickly located the victim in the company of 20-year-old Fricker close to her home address.
It was at that point she began vomiting blood and was taken to hospital with significant injuries to her face and a bite mark to her arm.
Fricker, of Kingsbridge Court, Blackburn, was arrested on suspicion of assault. He provided no comment answers to all questions put to him in police interview.
Fricker was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on November 28.
He pleaded guilty when he appeared at Blackburn Magistrates Court the following morning. Due to the seriousness of the case, magistrates deemed their powers of punishment were insufficient and sent the case to the Crown Court.
Yesterday Fricker appeared before a Judge at Preston Crown Court where he was sentenced to two years custody. A five-year restraining order was also put in place.
In an impact statement the victim said: “I don’t understand why he did this to me, but what’s more confusing is why he did this to my innocent unborn baby. I’ll never understand why, it’s something I’ll have to live with forever.”
DC Gemma Anderson, of East CID, said: “The spontaneous and cowardly attack Fricker launched on his heavily pregnant victim was utterly disgraceful and left onlookers both shocked and in fear for her safety.
“I am pleased Fricker has been given a custodial sentence as he is clearly somebody who presents a danger to women by the way he behaves towards them.
“I would like to praise the victim in this case for the bravery she has shown throughout this case. I can only image the fear felt when she was being assaulted and dragged into the car by a man she thought cared for her.
“I hope her bravery – in not only supporting a conviction but then also allowing her injury photographs to be shown to highlight the seriousness of Fricker’s offending – will encourage other victims of abuse to come forward. They can do so knowing they will be listened to, believed and that Lancashire Police will do everything in our power to keep them safe and bring the perpetrator to justice.”
Det Sgt Steve Munro, of East CID, said: “Violence towards women of any kind is completely unacceptable. This is a particularly nasty case, given the obvious vulnerability of the victim and the shocking nature of the attack.
“I too would like to praise the victim in this case for her bravery. I would also like to thank the officers involved in this case. From those who initially attended the scene and quickly located the victim and offender, to those who obtained the evidence and supported the victim and witnesses.
“Their combined efforts, as well as those from our CPS colleagues, have resulted in Fricker being held accountable for his appealing actions and righty sent to prison.”
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