British man jailed for nine years after violent assault on ex-partner in Marbella

by Lorraine Williamson

A British man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to a brutal assault on his ex-partner in Marbella. The prosecution, conducted in the UK, relied heavily on the collaborative efforts between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) International team and Spanish authorities.

Jason McInerney, 36, from Chessington, assaulted his ex-partner, who is from Hertfordshire, over the course of several days in July 2023 while they were in Marbella. The severity and duration of the assault led to serious injuries. According to reports from the CPS, the viticm tried at one point to alert staff in a chemist. The couple then got in McInerney’s car where he stabbed her in the leg. The woman was seriously injured and feared for her life. Despite the car reaching a speed of 70mph, she tried to throw herself out the vehicle. However, she was dragged along the road as McInerney was holding her arm.

Police alerted

She eventually managed to escape and alert a member of the public. She was then taken to a beach bar where the police were alerted. As McInerney still had her belongings and passport, the British Consulate were able to help the woman return to the UK. On her return to Hertfordshire, she was met by the police and taken to hospital. Reports confirmed she had friction burns, a laceration to the leg and fractures to the spine.

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The CPS´s International Team worked with the Spanish police to use CCTV evidence from the chemist and the beach bar as well as the medical evidence obtained in the UK. The victim also gave her account to the Spanish Courts and the UK police.

McInerney who later returned to the UK was sentenced last week at at St Albans Crown Court. He plead guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm in Spain.

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