Mom-of-two, 34, 'petrified' of facing domestic abuser in court took her own life

Mom-of-two, 34, 'petrified' of facing domestic abuser in court took her own life

Gemma Robinson suffered a fractured eye socket at the hands of her jealous ex-lover Joseph Falconer and was found dead just hours before he tried to secure his release from prison on bail.

A mom hanged herself because she was “petrified” of facing her domestic abuser in court.



Gemma Robinson, 34, suffered a fractured eye socket at the hands of her jealous ex-lover Joseph Falconer, 33.

The 34-year-old suffered a fractured eye socket.


The mom-of-two was found dead just hours before the thug tried to secure his release from prison on bail.

One month later he admitted inflicting GBH and has now been jailed for three years and four months.



Gemma’s family, who watched the sentencing while holding a photo of her in court, says the term is not long enough.

Joseph Falconer admitted inflicting GBH, He was jailed for three years.


Sister Kirsty Robinson, 33, said: “She’s taken her life because of what he has done. That’s not justice.

“He is 100 percent to blame. Gemma was very outgoing, very friendly, popular but he left her unrecognizable as a person.

“She was crying at night, struggling to get up in the mornings and be a mom, and was petrified of coming to court and facing him.



“She wanted to face him and look strong but she was petrified. She was a completely different person.”

Fitness instructor Gemma started a relationship with railway worker Falconer in 2015 but they split in January 2019.

Gemma (right) with sister Kirsty (left).


Maidstone Crown Court was told one month earlier he had assaulted her and received a conviction for battery and criminal damage.

Falconer later turned up at Gemma’s home and by October 2019 she had agreed he could stay on her sofa.



Prosecutor Vivian Walters said: “He paid no rent and she bought and provided all his food.

“His behavior became increasingly controlling and he started to question her about where she was going and who she was going to see - similar behavior to when they were in a relationship.”

Jealous Falconer phoned and texted as much as 70 times after Gemma went for a night out with a friend.

When she returned to her flat in Dartford, Kent, he forced her into a shower cubicle before punching her repeatedly in the face.

As well as the eye socket fracture, she suffered cuts and bruising to her head, face, arms, neck, and chest.

The brutal attack took place in November 2019 and a charge of GBH with intent was initially denied by Falconer.

However, one month after Gemma’s death last July he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of inflicting GBH.

Falconer, of St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, who was subject to a restraining order at the time of the attack, was jailed on Wednesday.

He offered his "sincere condolences" to Gemma’s family through his barrister while appearing on a video link from prison.



Passing sentence, Recorder Matthew McDonagh told Falconer: “You involved yourself in what can only be described as a gratuitous and violent attack upon Gemma Robinson.

“You held her neck, affecting her ability to breathe, and punched her repeatedly in the face, ending the assault with the indignity of spitting on her.

“You are a dangerous, jealous, and controlling man who took full advantage of the physical strength you have.”

Recorder McDonagh said that “however tragic” Gemma’s death was, it could not be considered an aggravating factor in the case.
Mom-of-two, 34, 'petrified' of facing domestic abuser in court took her own life
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