A judge has jailed a man who used a knife to threaten a former partner in Medway.

Mark Irwine, 31, from Hoo, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 18 February 2022, after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm, driving without insurance or a licence, driving whilst disqualified and possession of a bladed article.

On the evening of Wednesday 24 August 2021 Irwine attended a former partner’s home in Rochester where he assaulted her and stole her car.

Mark Irwine


He returned a while later and entered the home through a front window before threatening his victim with a knife. He also made threats to harm her family and shouted at children who were present.

Irwine then further assaulted the woman before police arrived and he was arrested.

During a search of the property officers found a knife discarded in a bowl of water.

Irwin was jailed for one year and 10 months and also handed a three-year restraining order. He was also disqualified from driving for five years.


Investigating officer PC Daniel Burnett said: ‘This was a frightening incident in which Irwine showed a high level of aggression towards his victim in her own home where there were young children present.

‘He made verbal threats and physically harmed her. He also put members of the public in danger when he drove the victim’s car intoxicated when he was not qualified to do so. I’m pleased he has been jailed and I hope that today’s sentencing helps to bring some closure to his victim.’

By Ed

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