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​A man has been jailed after admitting to coercive behaviour

News   •   Aug 29, 2019 18:50 BST

[Jailed: Tarang Katira]

A man has been jailed after admitting to coercive behaviour.

Tarang Katira, 34 (31.05.85) of Bollo Bridge Road, Acton pleaded guilty to one charge of controlling or coercive behaviour (contrary to Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015) at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday, 10 July.

On Thursday, 29 August, he was sentenced to 22 months' imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay £1,500 costs, and a restraining order prohibiting contact with the victim.

On 29 April 2018, police were called to their home to a report that she had been assaulted by Katira following an argument. 

Officers attended and Katira was arrested. He pleaded guilty to a number of incidents between September 2017 and April 2018 of physical, verbal and psychological abuse.

The investigation was led by the West Area CID, and officers collated witness accounts from more than 30 people, medical evidence and more than 250 exhibits to support the prosecution.

Detective Constable Robert Watson, said: "Katira subjected her to serious abuse, and she was incredibly brave in finally reporting his offending to police.

"This was a complex and protracted investigation, and the strength of the case built by the team led to an early guilty plea.

"Domestic abuse has no place in modern society, and the Met is committed to playing its part to bring offenders to justice and safeguard and support victims.

"We would urge anyone who is in an abusive relationship to speak to police."

Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse, or knows of someone who may be a victim, should call police via 101 or 999 in an emergency. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

+ The Met's domestic abuse investigators work closely with independent domestic violence advisors and specialist domestic support agencies to ensure that victims of domestic abuse are able to access the help and support they need. They also work with local authorities and other partners to establish domestic abuse perpetrator programmes, to support those who wish to change their behaviour and engage in non-abusive relationships.

Anyone with concerns about their partner have the 'Right to Ask' police if that person has a history of domestic abuse, through the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, also known as "Clare's Law".