Southend: Specialist detectives get justice for domestic abuse victim
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Detectives from Southend’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Team have secured justice for a man whose son subjected him to a violent and sustained attack following a day of drinking.
Michael Conreen Jnr had been drinking all day on 20 June last year when he went to his father’s address in MacDonald Avenue, Westcliff.
Inside he told his father they were going to have a drink together but when his father said he had no money, the 28 year-old became violent.
He punched the victim to his head, hit him with a six-inch thick chain bike lock, and then attacked him with an eight-inch kitchen knife.
Conreen Jnr continued to punch the victim until he was able to talk Conreen Jnr into trying to arrange getting some money so they could get out of the house
The victim had sustained injuries to his head, arms, and legs.
Later that night, officers arrested Conreen Jnr. Following an investigation and interview into the incident the Michael Conreen was charged and later admitted to GBH with intent, false imprisonment, and making threats to kill.
At Basildon Crown Court on Friday 26 March, he was jailed for a total of three years and four months.
Detective Sergeant Natacha Brown, from the Southend Domestic Abuse Investigation Team, said:
“Michael Conreen Junior subjected his father to a prolonged and terrifying ordeal, using weapons to attack him.
“No-one should fear for their safety, let alone in their own home.
“It is never easy to report a crime against a family member or loved one and I want to praise the victim’s bravery in telling officers what had really happened.
“We have specially trained detectives to support victims of this type of crime and we don’t want people to suffer in silence.
“Conreen Junior now faces the foreseeable future behind bars and I hope he uses this time to reflect on his actions.”
If you have been subjected to domestic violence or have information about domestic violence, please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
You can also contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.