English National Opera stagehand is jailed for two years after stamping on his girlfriend’s head in horrific domestic abuse attack
- Terrence Wilson, 32, jailed for two years after stamping on his girlfriend’s head
- English National Opera stagehand carried out domestic abuse December 4 2019
- Court heard from victim, who asked not to be named, in an emotional statement
An English National Opera stagehand has been jailed for two years for stamping on his girlfriend’s head.
Terrence Wilson, 32, from Eltham, southeast London, slammed his partner to the ground and threatened her with a baseball bat in a horrific bout of domestic abuse December 4 2019.
Nutan Fatania, prosecuting, told Isleworth Crown Court: ‘She was particularly vulnerable given the context to their relationship. He stamped on her.
‘The fact that she said he banged her head, there could be the argument that he intended to inflict more serious harm than he did, given it was the most vulnerable part of the human body.
‘This is aggravated by his convictions of violence in a domestic context. There was an inherent abuse of trust.’
Terrence Wilson, 32, (pictured) slammed his partner to the ground and grabbed a baseball bat in a horrific bout of domestic abuse last 4 December
The victim, who asked not to be named, read an emotional victim impact statement to the court.
She said: ‘I have had to keep this matter to myself for so long and I feel so relieved to reveal what I have been through.
‘The fear this has left me with is something I have to carry with me everyday, I reported it to police three months later.
‘I was terrified of triggering another event, I was so used to being belittled, that I was just a stupid girl, to not expect to be believed.
‘I was attacked and beaten in my own home. However, the nature of what I have been through made me feel it was somehow my fault.
‘He even told me as much as he stood over me on the floor. My head was slammed and stamped on.
‘He picked up a baseball bat, I thought he was going to use it, I thought I was going to be clubbed on the floor.
Isleworth Crown Court where Wilson was sentenced to two years in jail for domestic abuse
‘I have had to cover my bruises and make sure everything looked alright, to “Sort my face out”.
‘I’m not just doing this for myself, I’m doing this for my children and for any other women out there who need justice and to know they will be believed.’
Wilson received a suspended sentence in February this year for assaulting another woman during a relationship.
He has eight previous convictions for violence and offensive weapons, including stabbing his neighbour in the arm in 2012.
Joe Davidson, defending, said: ‘He has spent the equivalent of a 16-month sentence in custody with more than 23 hours a day alone, locked in his cell.
‘He was accepted onto a building better relationships course, he’s been frank in terms of he admitted, yes, he does have issues.
‘In his own words: “I’m 100 per cent up for trying anything I think can help”, and he does want that help.
‘He’s served a long time already.
‘He was a stagehand at the English National Opera, that was good money, “mortgage money” as he put it, if the industry recovers that’s his plan.
‘He does have a degree of insight into the type of behaviour he is prone to..’
He plans to move to Easthaven, East Sussex to live with an uncle and carry out delivery work, the court heard.
Wilson, of Eltham, southeast London, denied but was convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for two years with a £156 victim surcharge.
He was also handed a restraining order against his ex-partner.