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20 June 2016, 19:00
A man who violently assaulted his former partner in front of her two children has today been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a recommendation he serves at least 14 years in jail.
Northampton Crown Court heard how, on March 19 last year, Riza Guzelyert, 30, subjected his victim to a planned and extremely violent assault at her home in Rushden just as she was about to take her two children to school.
Previously, the defendant had carried out a series of acts of intimidation against his 43 year-old victim who had reported him for harassment.
The court was told she received 11 wounds to her neck, chest, legs and arms and sustained life-threatening injuries. She was treated by neighbours before being airlifted to hospital in Coventry.
Police found the suspect in Jubilee Park, Rushden, the same day.
The trial jury watched the frenzied assault take place on CCTV cameras installed at the victim’s home and heard from neighbours who were praised by Judge Rupert Mayo for their bravery while giving evidence.
John Straw, prosecuting, said the impact of the assault had had a significant effect on the victim with her requiring hospital treatment for the rest of her life in addition to the emotional distress caused to her and her children.
The judge sentenced Guzelyurt to life imprisonment. He will serve at least 14 years before he is eligible for parole.
Judge Mayo also imposed a restraining order until further notice, forbidding him to contact the victim, her two children and her former husband.
Speaking after sentencing, Det Sgt Andrew Barnes, of Northamptonshire Police, said: "This act of domestic violence was carried out by an extremely dangerous individual. Guzelyert has shown no remorse and taken no responsibility for his actions throughout the trial and I welcome the sentence given by Judge Mayo.
"While today’s sentence cannot undo the effect this crime has had on the victim and her family, I hope she is now able to start to re-build her life."
Anyone with concerns about domestic abuse can call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222. Alternatively you can contact the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for independent advice and support.