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Man jailed indefinitely for attacking women - Wigan / Salford
Thursday 5th February, 2009

Man jailed indefinitely for attacking women - Wigan / Salford

A man has been jailed indefinitely after being convicted of assaulting three women, one of whom then died.

John Joseph Ward (born 05/01/79) of Wichbrook Road, Little Hulton has been given an indeterminate sentence for the public protection and ordered to serve a minimum of three and a half years before being eligible to apply for parole.

He had previously pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm after he attacked 47-year-old Patricia Finney at her Wigan home.

Ward was also sentenced today, Thursday 5 February 2009, for a robbery and another assault on a woman, which he pleaded guilty to at an earlier hearing.

Patricia Finney was found dead at her house on Anderton Way in New Springs shortly before 12.30pm on Sunday 25 May 2008.

Two days before she died Patricia had been taken to hospital with injuries to her face.

She told police and hospital staff that "Johnny had done this", clearly stating that Ward, who she was dating at the time, had assaulted her.

Patricia discharged herself from hospital a day before she was found dead by her daughter.

A post mortem examination showed that she died of pneumonia, complicated by other illnesses she had. However, it also showed that she had sustained a head injury in the assault.

The day before he attacked Patricia, Ward also head butted another woman he was involved with.

This attack happened at the 30-year-old victim's house in Little Hulton. She had injuries to her face after the attack.

Ward has also been sentenced for a robbery that he committed on 8 September 2007.

In this offence Ward approached a prostitute working on Breightmet Street in Bolton and, after going with her to a secluded area, he knocked her to the floor, kicked her in the face and stole her mobile phone and rings.

Detective Sergeant Phil Housley from Wigan CID said: "John Ward is a vicious, dangerous bully who has absolutely no respect for women whatsoever.

"Patsy's family have been left devastated by her death, and have been really distressed by having to go through the court process. I only hope today's result will bring some closure."

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