April 24 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A teenager who rescued a woman who was being attacked in her home has been honoured again for his bravery.
Rhys Joseland, 16, from Stowmarket and a former Stars of Suffolk overall winner, has been honoured with a silver Police Public Bravery Award.
He was only 14 years-old when he rushed into a home in the town after he heard a teenage girl call for help last year.
The girl, 13, said her father was assaulting her mother and two other young children were also in the house.
A spokesman from Suffolk police said: “Without hesitation Rhys entered the house alone, not knowing what to expect, and went straight to assist the victim who was being held around her neck by her husband on the upstairs landing.
“She was having trouble breathing and such was the force used that she later developed extensive bruising around her neck.
“Rhys managed to pull her free despite the attacker being a well-built 38-year-old man.
He led the injured woman to safety outside the house, almost certainly preventing further assault and injury. Without Rhys’ actions the victim would almost certainly have suffered more serious harm.”
Police arrived and arrested the man for assault who was consequently charged with criminal offences.
The victim of the attack was left severely distressed and received specialist support as a result, the spokesman added.
The man was given an eight-month suspended jail sentence and 15 hours unpaid community work for common assault and causing actual bodily harm.
Rhys was presented with the award which is organised by the Association of Chief Police Officers. In September Rhys was given a Royal Humane Award by Suffolk Constabulary’s chief constable Douglas Paxton.
Earlier in the year, along with the overall Stars of Suffolk award 2012, Rhys was honoured with the Young Person of the Year medal at Suffolk New College.
In 2012 he received a Chief Constable’s Certificate of Appreciation for his bravery.