Erdington man jailed for attempted murder of his ex-wife

A man has been jailed and given an indefinite restraining order for attacking his ex-wife with a knife after attacking her at his home in Erdington earlier this year.

47-year-old Richard Austin attacked his ex-wife who is also 47 after arranging for a taxi to pick her up from home during the early hours of Tuesday 29 January.

Just after 3 in the morning, Austin called 999 and asked for an ambulance. During the call, he calmly described how he’d stabbed the woman several times.

When officers arrived on scene Austin admitted the offence and said he’d put the knife in a bin.

The victim was taken to hospital having suffered stab injuries to her abdomen, shoulder, leg, hand and a slash mark to her neck. The injuries are life-changing and she’s still struggling to come to terms with the physical and mental trauma she experienced.

Austin, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was yesterday (16/08) sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of five years and put on a restraining order indefinitely at Birmingham Crown Court. He will be on licence for life following his release.

Detective Constable Maria Watts, from the force’s public protection team, said: “This was a horrifying domestic attack which was understandably very traumatic for the whole family.

“Following years of domestic abuse, Austin’s actions culminated in a callous and dangerous attack.

“I hope today’s outcome offers some comfort to the victim and her family who have been extremely brave throughout the investigation.”

For help and advice on seeking domestic abuse support please visit the West Midlands Police website https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/node/954 or call 101 to speak to one of the force’s specialist Public Protection officers.