Sus­pended sen­tence for do­mes­tic abuser

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

An “ob­ses­sive and vi­o­lent” Ash­ford man has ad­mit­ted sleep­ing with a for­mer lover – de­spite be­ing of­fi­cially banned from con­tact­ing her.

Barry Bright, 33, even claimed that the ho­tels where they en­joyed nights of pas­sion were paid for by the woman he was told to stay away from.

Ex- part­ner Emma Hig­gin­son failed to re­veal their se­cret trysts to the po­lice – made in de­fi­ance of a re­straint or­der for ha­rass­ment – when she alerted of­fi­cers to a breach.

Bright, of Kingsnorth Road, was ar­rested when Ms Hig­gin­son made a com­plaint to po­lice af­ter the two had an ar­gu­ment in her car.

But a judge has told the vi­o­lent ex-of­fender – who was once jailed for four years for tak­ing part in a prison mutiny – to stay away from Ms Hig­gin­son, no mat­ter what she says.

The job­less labourer ad­mit­ted three breaches of the re­strain­ing or­der and was given an 18 month jail sen­tence sus­pended for two years.

Ms Hig­gin­son said that on one oc­ca­sion he “gave her a cud­dle” and on an­other got into her car in Beaver Lane in Ash­ford.

Af­ter his ar­rest Bright told po­lice that the two had spent “nights to­gether in var­i­ous ho­tels, paid for by Ms Hig­gin­son”.

On an­other oc­ca­sion Ms Hig­gin­son ad­mit­ted buy­ing her ex-lover a mo­bile tele­phone so they could talk af­ter his re­lease from jail.

But Can­ter­bury Crown Court heard how a po­lice of­fi­cer over­heard him us­ing the phone to abuse and threaten his vic­tim.

Judge Si­mon James told him: “It is abun­dantly clear that you are a vi­o­lent man, with a long his­tory of fail­ing to abide by court or­ders.”

He said Bright had made 10 court ap­pear­ances dur­ing the past five years for of­fences of vi­o­lence, as­saults, abuse and ha­rass­ment.

The judge added: “What emerges is a pat­tern of you of­fend­ing against women. You have fla­grantly and quite de­lib­er­ately breached the or­der pre­vent­ing you hav­ing con­tact with your for­mer part­ner.”

The bully was or­dered to take a course deal­ing with do­mes­tic abuse; not to make con­tact with his ex-lover for the next two years and to stay at least 100 yards away from her home in Tow­ers View, Ash­ford.

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