Hatfield man jailed for frenzied domestic violence attack in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 16:14 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:18 11 November 2016

Terrance Harwood has been jailed for 14-and-a-half years

Terrance Harwood has been jailed for 14-and-a-half years

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A Hatfield man whose savage assault on his ex-partner in her own home left her brain damaged has been jailed for 14 and a half years.

Terrance Harwood, 38, of Spring Glen was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court today, after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, three counts of common assault, one count of actual bodily harm, and criminal damage.

His principal victim, who was attacked in Welwyn Garden City on Christmas Eve while holding her baby, needed four months recovery in hospital.

Detective constable Sonja Townsend said: “This is one of the worst cases of domestic violence I have ever dealt with and it is a miracle that the female victim recovered as she has.

“At one point we feared she would have significant life-changing injuries.”

Harwood, who launched his assault at about 5am, also attacked his ex-partner’s friend, before forcing his way into a house opposite and attacking three more people, causing injuries.

DC Townsend added: “I am pleased with the outcome of today’s sentencing as Terrance Harwood is dangerous and deserves to be locked up for a significant period of time to consider his violent actions that Christmas Eve morning.

“I would encourage anyone who believes someone may be suffering at the hands of someone else, be it in a domestic or other setting, to contact police as soon as possible. You will be listened to and we will take your call extremely seriously and confidentially.”

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