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Woman jailed for four years for 'boiling water' attack

Ken Gregory who has boiling water poured over him by his ex-wife Photo: ITV News Anglia

A woman who left her husband horrifically scarred when she poured scalding water over him has been jailed for four years

Ken Gregory, 65, suffered first and second degree burns to 14% of his body after the assault at his bungalow in Peterborough.

Pictures of the injuries show painful blistering stretching from his scalp to his lower back. The scars remain almost a year on and some may never fade.

Mr Gregory's ex-wife Teresa Gilbertson, 60, was convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent after a trial following the attack in March last year.

She was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court today.

Mr Gregory decided to speak out after the conviction, saying it was important to challenge the stigma surrounding men who are victims of abuse.

The retired BT manager said:

Ken Gregory who has been left scarred after his ex-wife attacked him with boiling water Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I had never imagined something like this would happen to me. As a man who is a bit older and who isn't exactly small, there is a perception that you can't be a victim of domestic violence. I was worried that people would assume that it was my fault and she was the victim - there is still a general perception that, as a strong man against a weaker female, you must have been the protagonist. But it should be the same message that they put out for women many years ago: don't be frightened, you don't have to put up with it."

– Ken Gregory