Stibbington man jailed for attacking woman and making threats to kill
A man who brutally attacked a woman with a dumbbell and poured bleach over her has been jailed for more than a decade.
Michael Tomlinson, 57, launched the attack against the victim after they argued at a property in Stibbington on June 18, 2020.
As the woman attempted to leave the house, he ran after her and struck her to the head with an exercise weight.
She fell to the ground where Tomlinson continued to hit her. He also threw bleach over her, only stopping when interrupted by someone who called emergency services.
Officers found Tomlinson inside the house.
The victim was taken to hospital with a fractured eye socket and burns from the bleach.
Peterborough Crown Court heard that Tomlinson's mental health had deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic and the victim had been caring for him at home, with the help of others.
The man, who at the time lived in Stibbington, stood trial in Peterborough in February last year, where jurors found him guilty of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and using a corrosive substance with intent to burn.
He had also pleaded guilty to sending threatening letters to the victim and another person while awaiting sentence for the offences.
In letters sent while he was in prison in April last year, Tomlinson expressed a wish for his business partner to be killed by a hitman, as also urged someone to kill the woman he had attacked, who he blamed for his being locked up.
He refused to be interviewed about the letters but later pleaded guilty to two counts of threats to kill and two counts of threatening to damage or destroy property.
At Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (May 6) Tomlinson was sentenced to 10 years and three months in prison. He was also given an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim.
DC Louise Trippett, who investigated, said: "No one should be made to feel scared or intimidated for going about their daily business and although it is clear Tomlinson's health had suffered at the time, there is no excuse for such violent actions.
“The letters he sent were abhorrent and no doubt left [the woman] feeling threatened.
"I hope Tomlinson now reflects on his behaviour and the victim can feel some measure of comfort and closure."