Woman jailed for throwing hot oil in husband’s face
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A Corby woman has been handed a four-year sentence for throwing hot oil into her husband’s face.
Roxanna De Gravell, aged 42, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm. She was also given a five-year restraining order.
The conviction follows a complex and sensitive police investigation which began when a nurse at Kettering General Hospital made a safeguarding referral. The court heard how nurse Fiona Fraser treated the victim "not only with considerable skill but care", before pressing "very gently" over how he had suffered his horrific injuries.
DeGravell’s husband sought treatment the day after his wife threw the hot oil into his face after a row which saw him lock himself in the bathroom after she jabbed him with a key and hit him. Afterwards, she told him he had asked for it.
The victim later disclosed to police that his wife had hit him over the head with a prosecco bottle in July 2020, knocking him to the ground.
At the end of the sentencing on Wednesday, June 23, the Judge remarked: “What you did could have killed (your husband) or left him with life-altering injuries. Your reaction was to laugh at him and tell him that he asked for it. He didn’t ask for it, he begged you not to do it. The nurse pressed very gently as to how he had come by these awful injuries. Finally, against his inclination, he slowly disclosed to her the awful truth… what she did was extraordinary.”
Detective Inspector Mark Hopkinson, from the Force’s Domestic Abuse Team, said: “I welcome this result which follows a lengthy and sensitive investigation. All credit goes to the victim for finding the courage to speak out about what happened to him. We know male victims are far less likely to report domestic abuse than women and this case goes to show that when they do, we will listen and we will do all we can to support them and bring offenders to justice.
“On behalf of Northamptonshire Police, I want to formally commend Fiona Fraser, the KGH nurse whose skill and compassion gave the victim the care and empathy he needed to disclose what had happened to him.
“Huge credit goes to the team of officers who investigated the case, led by DC Stacey Hill. Her meticulous work and her dedication to seeing justice done, helped lead to this result.
“I’d like to end by saying again, if you’re a male victim of domestic abuse, please come forward. We will believe you. If you are not yet ready to report abuse to us, there’s an array of help and support available in this county – please click on the link below for more information.”