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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

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Domestic violence ‘top criminal issue’ in court

The Assistant Magistrate, Bridget Shaw
The Assistant Magistrate, Bridget Shaw
 
DOMESTIC violence is ‘possibly the most serious criminal issue’ that Jersey faces, a judge told a man who attacked his wife in front of their newborn baby.

Assistant Magistrate Bridget Shaw used August’s stabbings at Victoria Crescent to highlight to the defendant she was sentencing in court how domestic situations can easily get out of control.
Mrs Shaw also stressed that children brought up with violence in the home had the ‘poorest outcomes’.
The Magistrate’s Court heard on Monday that Paul Watson (40) attacked his wife in front of their eight-day-old baby in March and was subsequently sentenced to probation.

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