Detectives from PSNI Public Protection Branch (PPB) have welcomed the custodial sentence handed down at Belfast Crown Court to a man convicted of a vicious and brutal attack on three people, including his ex-partner and her daughter.
The victims, a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 20s and a man in his 50s, were attacked by 39 year old Stephen Ewings with a broken bottle at a house on Heatherbell Street in east Belfast in July 2018. As a result of the assault the younger woman and man sustained extensive injuries, with the female suffering such significant wounds that she required reconstructive facial surgery.
On Friday 17 January 2020 Ewings was sentenced to 8 years for grievous bodily harm with intent, with three years to be spent on licence, 7 years for wounding with intent with a three year licence period and six months for common assault, with an additional six months on licence. All sentences are to run concurrently.
The victims in this case should be commended for their bravery and fortitude in pursuing their attacker through the criminal justice system. Thanks in large part to them, the specialist detectives of Public Protection Branch were able to gather and assemble all the evidence and pursue a successful conviction through the courts. We hope the sentence handed down to Stephen Ewing serves as a warning to perpetrators of domestic abuse in whatever form it takes, that PPB is committed to identifying and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.