Drunken thug who held lover pris­oner is jailed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Paul Hooper

The lover of drunken bully Matthew Hen­der­son was punched, bit­ten, kicked, stran­gled and held pris­oner in her Ash­ford home.

Ter­ri­fied mum Louise Carter had to flee the sav­age at­tack by climb­ing out of a win­dow and seek­ing refuge with friends but a court has heard that amaz­ingly she has for­given him.

Judge Si­mon James told the 28 year old thug: “It’s re­mark­able ... and also sad that your vic­tim is will­ing to for­give you!”

Can­ter­bury Crown Court heard how Ms Carter had re­fused to help the po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and had vis­ited the him in prison and she snubbed the op­por­tu­nity to get a court or­der or­der­ing Hen­der­son, of Mal­bor­ough Way, Ken­ning­ton to stay away.

De­spite that, Judge James jailed Hen­der­son for two-and-a-half years af­ter he had ad­mit­ted as­sault and caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age.

He told him: “It is clear to me that you are, at least un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs, a vi­o­lent bully who seems un­able to con­trol him­self.

“This most re­cent at­tack left the mother of your chil­dren cov­ered in mul­ti­ple and se­ri­ous bruis­ing. I con­sider the sheer num­ber of sep­a­rate [bruis­ing] sites amounts to se­ri­ous in­jury.”

The court heard how, in De­cem­ber, af­ter drink­ing Hen­der­son at­tacked Ms Carter who wanted to go out to meet friends.

The judge was told that there had been a long his­tory of trou­ble be­tween the cou­ple, made worse by his drink­ing and drug-tak­ing.

In De­cem­ber she said she had planned to visit pals but Hen­der­son ob­jected to her wear­ing lip­stick and pre­vented her from leav­ing.

Hen­der­son dragged her by her hair into the hall­way, punched and kicked her be­fore grab­bing her by the throat and throw­ing her onto a bed.

The court was told that dur­ing the at­tack Hen­der­son “growled” as he sunk his teeth into her ear and put his hand over her mouth to pre­vent her scream­ing.

Ms Carter man­aged to es­cape by climb­ing out of a win­dow and fled to a friend with Hen­der­son “still shout­ing and yelling at her” the court heard.

Then the “petu­lant” thug smashed his lover’s prop­erty, the court heard.

The judge added: “Dur­ing this sus­tained at­tack you ef­fec­tively im­pris­oned your vic­tim and stran­gled her. You are for­tu­nate you are not fac­ing more se­ri­ous charges.

“In your un­con­trolled in­tox­i­ca­tion it is clear you were in­tent on caus­ing in­juries which could have been even more se­vere.

“You kicked her; not only that, but also de­liv­ered punches and bites on a woman I con­sider vul­ner­a­ble be­cause of your con­trol­ling and ma­nip­u­la­tive be­hav­iour.”

Af­ter be­ing shown pic­tures of the in­juries, Judge James told the thug “whether drunk or sober you should be ashamed af­ter see­ing the pho­to­graphs.”

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