A man convicted of multiple counts of rape after a prolonged campaign of violence against the mother of his child has been jailed.
The man, who we are not naming to protect the identity of the victim, was sentenced to a total of 20 years’ imprisonment, with an eight-year licence period after he has served his sentence, at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, 24 January.
He was found guilty of the following charges after a trial at the same court which ended on 18 December 2018:
- Six counts of rape;
- One count of actual bodily harm;
- One count of threats to kill;
- One count of controlling and coercive behaviour.
The court heard how the victim lived in fear of her extremely controlling partner, and he became violent after he suspected that she was having an affair with a work colleague. The victim tried to convince him that it wasn't true but later said she had, fearing that her continual denials would lead to further physical abuse.
After weeks of physical violence and forced sex at an address in the High Barnet area, the defendant’s mother called police. Officers attended and arrested the man.
The victim was taken by police to safety and then to a Haven for specialist support, and gave the account of the instances of abuse she had been subjected to.
The man was charged with the above offences on 16 July 2018.
The defendant’s own mother and aunt had given evidence against him. His mother told the court how she kept a hammer by the bed and would have used the hammer against him if she had seen him hitting his partner.
Detective Constable Sean Stimson, of the Met's Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, who led the investigation, said: "The victim in this case was subjected to a sustained campaign of domestic abuse by her husband, the father of their young child. His controlling behaviour and appalling violence all stemmed from paranoia and jealousy over an affair that was in his imagination.
"I would like to pay tribute to the victim who showed great strength in telling police about the ordeal she suffered, and giving evidence which secured this man's prosecution. I hope today’s stiff sentence will allow her to heal after what she has been through.
"This is sadly a familiar tale to any woman, or man, who has been in an abusive, oppressive relationship, and I hope this conviction sends out a message that there is a way out and we seek to arrest, charge and bring perpetrators before the courts.
“We would urge anyone being subjected to violence by their partner to report it to police - you will be supported by specialist officers and every effort will be made to remove you from any risk of harm.
“We are committed to playing our role in tackling domestic abuse and violence in all its forms, and bringing offenders to justice.”
If you are in an abusive relationship or the victim of domestic abuse, or you suspect someone may be a victim, call 101 or 999 in an emergency.
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