A man who set fire to his victim in a string of offences in April this year has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.
Michael Lincoln, aged 56, of Donnington Bridge Road in Oxford, was sentenced to three years and four months in a hearing at Oxford Crown Court today (20/7).
Lincoln pleaded guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm, one count of battery and one count of criminal damage.
On 2 April this year, Lincoln assaulted his victim, a woman aged in her thirties, by setting fire to her, causing substantial full thickness burns to her leg, which required a skin graft.
The injury has left the victim with permanent scarring.
Lincoln also damaged the victim’s property in the same incident at an address in Oxford.
He was arrested and charged on the same day and pleaded guilty in a hearing at Oxford Crown Court today.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Sian Lewis of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, based at St Aldates police station, said: “Michael Lincoln is a violent offender, and I am pleased that the court has handed down a custodial sentence as a result of his actions.
“His actions were utterly abhorrent and caused life-changing injuries to his victim, who will be scarred for life as a result.
“Thames Valley Police will never tolerate any domestic-related abuse of any sort, and I hope that during his time in prison, Lincoln will reflect on his actions and take any offer of rehabilitation so that he does not re-offend upon his release.
“I would like to praise the victim for her courage in reporting this incident and for her patience while we investigated and brought Lincoln to justice.
“I hope that today’s court result offers her some closure and that she can move on with her life.”