A woman who tried to “boil her husband” by pouring scalding water over him after being told they were “getting divorced” has been jailed for four years.
Ken Gregory, 65, was the victim of a horrific domestic abuse attack which left him with first and second degree burns to his back and scalp after his wife Teresa Gilbertson, a former special constable, poured boiling water over his head in their bungalow in Peterborough last year. The scars from the assault remain and may never fade.
The court heard that the attack had been a “very deliberate attempt to boil her husband.”
Prosecutor Thomas Brown said: “The marriage had become extremely strained and there were underlying difficulties concerning money, the conduct of Teresa Gilbertson and her unrealistic expectation of what he could provide.
“She was demanding money for doing housework and to buy cars.”
On the day of the attack, Gilbertson went to make a cup of tea but returned with a two-litre jug of freshly boiled water, which she poured over her husband’s head, causing “excruciating pain.”
Roger Harrison, mitigating, said Gilbertson had been provoked when Mr Gregory said, “That’s it, we’re getting divorced.”
Gilbertson, 60, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and, as well as a jail sentence, was given a seven year restraining order preventing her from approaching Mr Gregory.
During the sentencing, Judge Peter Murphy said it was a “very sad case” but said he saw “no trace of remorse” in her.
The court heard that the attack “destroyed” Mr Gregory’s trust and “caused depression”.
Speaking out after the conviction, Gregory said that it was important to challenge the stigma surrounding men who are victims of abuse.
The retired BT manager said: “I had never imagined something like this would happen to me.
“As a man who is a bit older and who isn’t exactly small, there is a perception that you can’t be a victim of domestic violence.
“But it should be the same message that they put out for women many years ago: don’t be frightened, you don’t have to put up with it.”
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