A Peterborough woman who left her husband horrifically scarred when she poured scalding water over him will be sentenced today (Tuesday).
Ken Gregory (65) suffered first and second degree burns to 14 per cent of his body after the assault at his bungalow in Peterborough.
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.Ken Gregory
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 will return to Peterborough Crown Court for sentencing 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.
Retired BT manager Mr Gregory said: “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.”
The couple met through ballroom dancing following the death of Mr Gregory’s first wife of more than 30 years, Maureen, seven years ago.
But after five years of marriage, their relationship soured.
On the day of the attack on March 23, Mr Gregory had been due to take flowers to his late wife’s memorial to mark her birthday.
Instead, the couple rowed over finances and household chores.
Eventually they reached an apparently mutual decision to get a divorce and Gilbertson offered to make a cup of tea.
Mr Gregory, who has limited mobility due to arthritis, turned down the offer but his wife left the room and returned with a jug of freshly-boiled water.
Without warning, she tipped it over his head, then stood back and told him “there you go”, he told the trial.
When police arrived following the final incident, Mr Gregory said she told officers: “If I’d wanted to kill him, I’d have used a knife.”