A Tunbridge Wells man who subjected a former partner to a series of violent assaults and sustained mental abuse has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Joshua Hamilton was responsible for a catalogue of offences which included repeatedly beating his victim, shredding her clothing and making threats to kill her.

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Joshua Hamilton

The abuse took place during 2020 and 2021 and continued for more than a year.

Hamilton’s violent behaviour included punching, kicking and treading on the victim’s feet. He pulled her hair, struck her with a belt and grabbed her violently around the throat.

Torment

The victim was also the subject of relentless mental torment. She would sometimes be forced by Hamilton to stand in the corner of a room and face a wall.

He also controlled and monitored her movements and made repeated threats to kill or harm her.

Hamilton, of Rankine Road, Tunbridge Wells was initially arrested in April 2020.

He appeared before Maidstone Crown Court charged with two counts of assault, sending threatening messages and criminal damage. He was also charged with failing to comply with bail conditions.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Tuesday 26 April 2022. He was also made subject of a ten-year restraining order. 

Control and humiliate

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Mclean, of the West Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team, said: ‘Hamilton relentlessly abused, isolated and tormented his victim. He has subjected her to the most appalling violence and his abhorrent actions were clearly intended to control, humiliate and degrade a woman who was put in constant fear for her life.

I would like to thank and commend the victim, who has endured an incredibly distressing ordeal, but who thankfully has summoned the courage and strength to give evidence and ensure Hamilton has now faced justice and is rightfully serving a prison sentence.

‘Domestic violence is a priority for Kent Police and nobody should ever feel they have nowhere to turn. I would encourage anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation or relationship to report it to someone and get help. There is a range of support and information available, just phone us or ask a trusted friend or relative to do it. Nobody should ever feel they don’t have the option to walk away or get help.’

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Mclean

For more information on how Kent Police tackles domestic abuse, as well as links to help and advice available click here. 

By Ed

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