Four-year sentence for ‘relentless’ domestic abuser in Tonbridge

Four-year sentence for 'relentless' domestic abuser in Tonbridge
APPALLING VIOLENCE: Rik Newton carried out systematic abuse over a period of four years

Rik Newton pleaded guilty to a charge of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship at Maidstone Crown Court.

The 24 year old, who lives on Shakespeare Road, carried out a sustained period of abuse, including violent assaults, from 2015-18.

As well as various forms of physical violence, he also controlled the victim’s finances, taking money out of her account and at times leaving her unable to pay for food and bills.

Newton was arrested last July and pleaded guilty to further charges of assault by beating and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Five more charges lie on file.

Detective Constable Adam Ferguson of the West Kent Vulnerable Investigation Team said: “Newton continuously abused and tormented his victim during the vast majority of their relationship.

“He subjected her to the most appalling violence, leaving her fearing for her life on a number of occasions.

“The victim was also made to endure relentless mental anguish, even after she had tried to end the relationship.”

He added: “I hope this sentence sends a strong message to perpetrators that domestic abuse will not be tolerated.

“We have a range of services available through partner agencies to help keep victims safe.

“They may be feeling frightened, isolated and ashamed but they are not to blame for what is happening.

“No one should suffer in silence and we encourage them to report offences.”

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