Husband jailed for seven years after three-hour attack on wife

Robert Hillyard

Robert Hillyard

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A “cold-blooded” man who carried out a drug-fuelled three-hour assault on his wife has been jailed for seven years.

Robert Hillyard carried out the three-hour attack and told her “he might as well kill her”, Southampton Crown Court heard.

The 40-year-old hit her with a knife and a piece of wood, fracturing her left eye socket and leaving her with bruises all over her body and needing eight stitches inside her mouth, the court was told.

A judge described the attack as brutal and vicious as he jailed Hillyard, who the court heard had tried to kill himself the night before he was sentenced for his crime.

At the time of the incident, on May 26 this year, Hillyard had been drinking and was under the influence of amphetamine and cannabis the court was told.

His wife told police it was not the first time her husband had assaulted her, but she now felt he should go to prison.

Prosecutor Ellie Fargin described how the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out.

Over the course of the next three hours Hillyard hit his wife on the hands and arms with a piece of wood, then made stabbing motions at her with a bone-handled knife. He told her that if the police became involved he would break her neck and that he “might as well kill her”.

Finally she managed to escape the house and police were called, but she told officers Hillyard had continued to punch and headbutt her outside.

Jailing him for seven years, Judge Peter Ralls QC noted that Hillyard had previously been in prison for assaulting his wife but told him: “That didn’t stop you taking a brutal and vicious attack.”

A pre-sentence report said that Hillyard would pose a high risk to any wife or partner and described him as “cold-blooded”.

In mitigation, defence barrister Richard Griffiths told Judge Ralls that Hillyard suffered from an abusive childhood and was keen to rehabilitate himself.

He added: “He is truly remorseful and he has cried himself to sleep almost every night.”

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10:24am Tue 5 Aug 14

Hastagger says...

"the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out" Why is this Southampton news?
"the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out" Why is this Southampton news? Hastagger
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1:10pm Tue 5 Aug 14

shesaint says...

Hastagger wrote:
"the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out" Why is this Southampton news?
Because it was tried in Southampton Crown Court.
[quote][p][bold]Hastagger[/bold] wrote: "the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out" Why is this Southampton news?[/p][/quote]Because it was tried in Southampton Crown Court. shesaint
  • Score: 7

1:39pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Hastagger says...

shesaint wrote:
Hastagger wrote:
"the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out" Why is this Southampton news?
Because it was tried in Southampton Crown Court.
Why - there are crown courts closer to Taunton than Southampton.

DE - please investigate and get back to us.
[quote][p][bold]shesaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hastagger[/bold] wrote: "the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out" Why is this Southampton news?[/p][/quote]Because it was tried in Southampton Crown Court.[/p][/quote]Why - there are crown courts closer to Taunton than Southampton. DE - please investigate and get back to us. Hastagger
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3:11pm Tue 5 Aug 14

St.Ray says...

What a hero. How hard can you get? I think he may well find the answer to that in the next few weeks
What a hero. How hard can you get? I think he may well find the answer to that in the next few weeks St.Ray
  • Score: 3

5:10pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Hastagger says...

St.Ray wrote:
What a hero. How hard can you get? I think he may well find the answer to that in the next few weeks
Hopefully karma will catch up with him - looks a nasty piece of work.
[quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: What a hero. How hard can you get? I think he may well find the answer to that in the next few weeks[/p][/quote]Hopefully karma will catch up with him - looks a nasty piece of work. Hastagger
  • Score: 1

6:53pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Balsamic says...

He will have a nice new boyfriend inside .
Usual blaming drugs for his violent behaviour,well I might need to start taking the pill once he meets the new love of his life in prison showers lol xxx
He will have a nice new boyfriend inside . Usual blaming drugs for his violent behaviour,well I might need to start taking the pill once he meets the new love of his life in prison showers lol xxx Balsamic
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1:41am Wed 6 Aug 14

andysaints007 says...

Hastagger wrote:
shesaint wrote:
Hastagger wrote:
"the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out" Why is this Southampton news?
Because it was tried in Southampton Crown Court.
Why - there are crown courts closer to Taunton than Southampton.

DE - please investigate and get back to us.
DoH !!! Just cos you are 'from' somewhere doesn't mean you live there !! PLANK
[quote][p][bold]Hastagger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shesaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hastagger[/bold] wrote: "the couple, from Taunton, in Somerset, were staying with relatives in Somerset when an argument broke out" Why is this Southampton news?[/p][/quote]Because it was tried in Southampton Crown Court.[/p][/quote]Why - there are crown courts closer to Taunton than Southampton. DE - please investigate and get back to us.[/p][/quote]DoH !!! Just cos you are 'from' somewhere doesn't mean you live there !! PLANK andysaints007
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10:55am Wed 6 Aug 14

GARY DEE says...

He lived opposite me and glad to see the back of him, I think he is originally from Southampton so your welcome to have him back in 7 years 18 months for licking arse no doubt
He lived opposite me and glad to see the back of him, I think he is originally from Southampton so your welcome to have him back in 7 years 18 months for licking arse no doubt GARY DEE
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