An Oxfordshire man has been jailed after he bit a woman, ripped out her hair and poured boiling water over her.

The Faringdon resident, Richard Piercy, 35, pleaded guilty to the crime on August 14 this year whereupon he was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for GBH on Friday last week with an extended licence period of four years.

Piercy was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order.

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Investigating officer Detective Constable Carly Meads, based at St Aldates Police Station, said: “This was a truly horrific assault, where Piercy caused his victim a number of significant injuries.

“The victim endured a traumatic and sustained attack, and Piercy was arrested on the same day as the incident occurred."

Piercy had carried out the prolonged attack in public on March 2 this year on the female victim, aged in her 40s, during which he threatened to kill her, kicked her multiple times, caused bite marks over her body, ripped her hair out and poured boiling water over her.

The victim sustained serious burns to her back, cuts, and extensive bruising all over her body and Piercy was arrested on the same day as the attack.

DC Meads added: “I would like to thank members of the public who witnessed this incident.

"They called the police immediately, and their assistance has enabled us to bring Piercy to justice.

“Thames Valley Police takes violence against women and girls and domestic abuse extremely seriously and will always look to bring offenders to justice.”