9th Dec, 2016

Victim tells of ordeal as attacker is jailed

Rob George 19th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A BRAVE victim of an horrific assault in her own home has spoken of her ordeal after the man responsible was jailed for two years.

Roxanne Grinnell spoke out more than three years after her ordeal at the hands of Francisco Batista began during a party at her Evesham flat in March 2013.

During the party, Batista approached one of her friends and throw her on the bed according to Miss Grinnell.

“He also punched her in the face before running off. He was acting extremely childish all night but the fin al straw was when he threw my friend on to the bed,” she said.

When asked to leave, Batista refused and callously threw Roxanne to the ground and stamped on her head, leaving her with a fractured skull.

Roxanne had to undergo surgery above her right eyebrow. She suffers daily pain because of nerve damage as a result of the operation.

“Since this happened my social life has suffered and I panic around groups of young people, especially drunk men,” she said.

Heartbreakingly, Roxanne’s ordeal was prolonged as Batista fled the country to the Netherlands for three years and only came back earlier this year.

Batista was eventually charged with GBH and was jailed for two years following a hearing at Worcester Crown Court on Friday, August 5.

“This marks the end of a terrible ordeal for me and I believe people in the area need to know just how violent he can be,” Roxanne said

During his hearing at Worcester Crown Court Batista also received an additional nine month sentence for breaking into the Bubbles Launderette on Port Street in May.

Batista stole £600 in cash and damaged the washing machines to such an extent the business was forced to close while they were repaired.

Blood and fingerprints left at the scene linked the 23-year-old to the crime which helped the police bring him to justice.