HAMPSHIRE POLICE have confirmed that a male has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment after stabbing his wife in Gosport on Boxing Day last year; this update becoming public knowledge over last weekend following a hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court during Friday (July 7) with the defendant previously entering a ‘guilty’ plea back in late May.
Officers were called late on the evening of December 26 by a resident located in Little Green, Alverstoke; who reported that their female neighbour had turned up at the address in a frantic state. She had been stabbed in her arm and chest areas by her husband, who was soon named as sixty-three year old Raymond Mclaren as he was arrested at his home address. Emergency treatment was given to this victim at the scene by paramedics and her recovery remains ongoing.
Mr Mclaren initially offered a statement to investigators that these injuries were inflicted accidently, but later admitted to causing ‘grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent’ when he appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on May 23. Making his appearance at the same court on Friday (07/07), Mclaren was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison by a judge.
DC Katie Reynolds added: “Domestic abuse is one of the worst types of offending we encounter as police officers, and the levels of violence inflicted by Mclaren on his own wife was truly shocking. No-body should ever be made to suffer in this way; not least in their own home. The victim in this case has shown incredible strength by supporting our inquiries.”
Police have reminded all residents about independent support available to domestic violence victims and how to report this type of crime to officers; including calling 999 in an emergency. For more information and a list of support networks that are available, the website is: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/.
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