Woman blinded in one eye by violent fiancé criticises CPS for initially dropping case

A woman who lost an eye in attack by her partner has criticised the CPS for initially dropping the case against him despite overwhelming evidence.

Akorede Odutayo was left blind in one eye when her fiancé head-butted and then punched her repeatedly when he lost his temper after icing from a birthday cake got onto his clothes.

Akorede Odutayo's former partner Ibrahim Akanbi Credit: Met Police

She spent three days in hospital but surgeons were unable to save her left eye. She now has to use a glass replacement.

Akorede Odutayo

The mother-of-one, who had suffered years of domestic violence at the hands of her partner Ibrahim Akanbi, agreed to press charges against the father of her child.

But he was granted and initially the CPS decided to take no further action after Akanbi claimed he had acted in self defence. Akorede says she cried when she was told about the decision.

After the police intervened the CPS eventually reviewed their decision and charged Akanbi with GBH. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

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