Shocking police bodycam footage shows beaten wife moments after attack

Gale Marmoy's horrific injuries at the hands of her husband were captured on a police body camera Credit: YouTube/Hampshire Constabulary

Police have released shocking footage of a domestic abuse victim taken shortly after the woman was badly beaten by her husband.

Gale Marmoy and her attacker, Michael John Gregory, 77, were filmed on a body camera worn by officers who responded to a 999 call at their Isle of Wight home.

Body-worn video is a pilot initiative being trialled by a number of forces in parts of the UK.

The footage shows her husband answering the door to police officers and calmly attempting to deter them from speaking to his wife before reluctantly allowing them inside.

Ms Marmoy, who is in her 60s, is then seen with two black eyes and a swollen face, sitting in a dazed state alongside her husband as he speaks to the officers.

"People don't realise how bad these things are but with that footage they could see how bad it was," she said.

"A picture does tell a story but actually watching it, they could see I was totally confused...which you don't get from a photograph."

Michael John Gregory, 77, was jailed for 10 years for the attack Credit: YouTube/Hampshire Constabulary

Ms Marmoy allowed the video of her ordeal in October last year to be released to the public in a bid to encourage other victims of domestic abuse to speak out.

Gregory was jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to assault at Portsmouth Crown Court in May.

Ms Marmoy told BBC's Panorama about her experiences of years of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband.

She said: "The last time he was punching me, I thought ‘this is it’, you’re going to die tonight.

"I was thinking of my children, my grandchildren. He just meant to do me harm, which he did, but I didn’t realise how much harm, I was terrified."

Gale Marmoy said she was 'terrified' during the attack by her husband Credit: YouTube/Hampshire Constabulary

She said that if the police hadn't intervened when they did, "they would have found a body."

One of the experienced police officers who attended the scene said he had never seen injuries as serious as those suffered by Ms Marmoy.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Detective Superintendent Ben Snuggs said: “This case provides a graphic insight into the power of Body-Worn Video (BWV) as an independent witness that captures crucial early evidence in an investigation."

Anyone affected by domestic abuse should call 999 in an emergency, or contact police on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.