- Aug 9, 2001
Woman beat her husband for 20 years as he cowered in foetal position
Prison reform chief Sheree Spencer, a mother of three, was jailed for her savage campaign of domestic abuse.
Sheree Spencer, 45, made her husband Richard's life a living hell with physical attacks and verbal humiliation, leaving him with mental scars "that will last a lifetime".
On one occasion she beat him with a wine bottle so hard it permanently disfigured his ear.
In furious wine-fuelled tirades she would call him "a p---y" and "dumb dumb", and caused bruises and scratches that he would cover with make-up before taking their children to school and nursery.
It was described as "a great irony" that Spencer had done so much work aimed at investigating the effect of custodial sentences on the family in her work at a high level within HM Prison and Probation Service.