Suspended sentence for domestic abuser
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.