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Bullies who kill partner face at least 25 years’ jail

- By David Barrett Home Affairs Editor

BULLYING partners who go on to commit murder could get at least 25 years in jail – the same as if they had used a weapon, it was revealed yesterday.

Ministers will look at introducin­g the new minimum sentences for murderers who use ‘coercive or controllin­g behaviour’, with a consultati­on paper to be published in the summer.

In the meantime, the law will be changed to allow judges to treat coercive control and ‘excessive or gratuitous violence’ as aggravatin­g factors, adding years to jail terms.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: ‘This Government will do everything we can to protect vulnerable women, and keep in prison for longer those who attack or threaten them.’

Ministers also want tougher punishment­s for offenders who kill during so-called ‘rough sex’. It comes after a review of domestic homicide sentences by barrister Clare Wade KC, to be published today. One in four murders in England and Wales are committed by a current or ex-partner or another relative.

Ms Wade’s review found that of those, 51 per cent involved controllin­g or coercive behaviour.

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