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Man sentenced to 21 years after slashing ex-partner's face

JAILED: Carlington Francis

A NORTH London man who attacked his ex-girlfriend with a wife, leaving her with life-changing injuries to her face, has been jailed.

Carlington Francis, 39, from Tottenham was sentenced to 21 years' imprisonment last week after found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent and breaching a non molestation order during a five-day trial.

The jury heard how Francis and his 36-year old victim were in a relationship but this later broke down and a non molestation order was taken against Francis following repeated incidences of domestic violence.

At around 6.10pm on March 8, the victim was on the street and called for a taxi. As she got into the rear passenger seat, Francis opened the other door and leaned into the taxi and slashed her face with a Stanley knife.

Francis grabbed the victim's handbag and ran off towards the Emirates Stadium. He discarded the handbag in a residential street and this was found by a member of the public.

As a result of the attack the victim suffered two deep cuts to both cheeks and a deep defensive hand injury causing tendon and nerve damage. In total the victim required over 40 stitches for the cuts to her face and arms.

An immediate investigation was launched by detectives from the Islington Community Safety Unit (CSU).

Francis was circulated as wanted and was arrested at Heathrow Airport the day after the attack, as he attempted to leave the country. In his possession was approximately £3,000 in cash.

Detective constable Pritpal Bhabra, the officer in the case for Islington CSU, said: "I would firstly like to commend the courage and dignity of the victim, who has been through a dreadful ordeal. This attack was brutal and unprovoked and the victim suffered terrible injuries as result.

"Francis has shown no remorse for his violent actions and the long prison sentence is entirely justified. It sends a clear message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated and those who carry out such attacks will be held to account for their actions."

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