Although Justin Gross clearly had it coming for breaking into his ex's house and strangling her, he clearly got more than he bargained for when the woman's sister and mother beat him to death while trying to rescue her from his deadly hold.
The man had broken into his ex-girlfriend's house one morning at 500 Oaks Drive in LA, California. He had gained access into the house by smashing the windows using a concrete paver he had found outside.
However, when Justin began assaulting the woman, she was not alone in the house. Two other women were with her: her mother and sister.
He was in the process of choking the lady when the other women realized they were all in danger, particularly the man's ex.
At first, the women tried to save their sister from the deathly hold the man had on her throat. However, their attempts to pry the man off her did not seem to bear any fruit.
Mother And Sister Found Some Weapons
And since they couldn't stand around waiting to see their loved one get choked to death, they went to find some weapons.
One of the woman found a kitchen knife, while another came back with a golf club.
With the weapons, they attacked the man to keep him from hurting their sister and daughter. Unfortunately, this little intervention went farther than they imagined as it led to the man's death.
Fortunately for them, they attacked the man in their own home after he broke in. Also noteworthy is the fact that they did this to keep him from seriously harming their defenseless relative.
In other words, the women are not expected to face any charges. This was clarified by Lieutenant Barry Hall, who explained that the ladies:
"… were well within their right to act in defense of their sister and daughter."
"They tried to pull him off, and it didn't work; he was too strong. So they had to resort to using weapons."
Following the attack, the woman had to be taken to the hospital for her facial injuries. Luckily, she has since been discharged.
The sad fact is that less than 1% of domestic violence cases are reported to the police. And yet, estimates indicate that about 10 to 35% of the population will be physically aggressive towards their partners at one point in their lives.
Unfortunately, as physical abuse gets more serious, disproportionately more women end up as victims.
Domestic Abuse On The Rise During The Pandemic
However, the ongoing pandemic has only made things worse.
Reports indicate that cases of domestic abuse have been increasing throughout the world. For instance, in Britain, there was an 18% increase in domestic abuse offenses between March and June of this year in comparison to a similar period in 2018.
Similarly, Refuge, a charity that specializes in these types of cases, has reported an increase of 65% in the number of people calling its domestic abuse hotline over April, May, and June in comparison to the period between January and March. That was before the lockdown began.
The US is yet to show how domestic abuse figures have changed since the lockdowns began, but experts believe that these numbers have also increased.
So, although this mother and sister may have succeeded in rescuing their sister from vicious domestic abuse, a lot more people, especially women, are putting up with similar issues during this pandemic period.