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‘Don’t suffer in silence’ - victim

A SOLIHULL woman scarred for life after her partner smashed a dinner plate in her face, has urged other victims of domestic violence not to suffer in silence.

A SOLIHULL woman scarred for life after her partner smashed a dinner plate in her face, has urged other victims of domestic violence not to suffer in silence.

David Gorrie, 28, has been jailed for over three years for the horrendous attack on girlfriend Catherine Bird.

Speaking to the Solihull News this week, Miss Bird said she felt “lucky to be alive” and hoped that speaking out would persuade other women to come forward and report domestic violence.

“If it’s happening to you, then it’s better to get out earlier rather than later,” she said.

“Women who suffer domestic violence think they’re on their own, apart from the person who is abusing them.”

Appearing at Warwick Crown Court last week, Gorrie admitted GBH and was sentenced to three years, three months in prison.

Judge Robert Orme also imposed a restraining order, preventing Gorrie from ever trying to contact Miss Bird again - unless supervised to visit their child.

The court had heard how the couple had been “bickering” at their Smith’s Wood home last November, when Gorrie threw the plate at his partner.

Fragments of crockery left deep cuts in Miss Bird’s forehead, cheek and chin and narrowly missed her eye. The 28-year-old required more than 20 stitches.

Following the incident, Gorrie had gone on the run for four-days, before he was eventually tracked down in Birmingham.

In Solihull, police receive around 200 referrals every single month for domestic violence.

* For help you can call Women’s Aid on 0800 0732 606 or visit www.bswaid.org.

 

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