A YEOVIL man has been jailed for nine years for what police describe as a ‘sustained and vicious’ assault on his wife.

Paul Manwaring, 51, appeared before Taunton Crown Court on Friday May 23 where he admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

He attacked his 36-year-old wife on February 12 after she returned home from work. She suffered serious injuries to both hands and scalding burns to her head.

She managed to escape to neighbours and call the police, and Manwaring was arrested.

Det Insp Lee Jones of Yeovil’s public protection unit said: “This was a sustained, vicious and unprovoked assault on a terrified and defenceless woman.

“Tackling violence against women and children is one of the force’s priorities and we take all domestic abuse very seriously.

"All victims should know that when they approach the Police or any other agency, they will be believed, understood and taken seriously.

"There is help available and no one deserves to suffer in silence.”