By Jenni Davidson
A Brighton man has been jailed for the domestic abuse of his former partner.
Andrew Jones, 35, of New England Road, Brighton, was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment at Lewes Crown Court today (Tuesday 18 February).
He pled guilty to causing actual bodily harm to his 40-year old ex-partner at her then address in Hove in December.
Jones had subjected her to a prolonged and violent attack in her flat, kicking and punching her and leaving her with severe bruising and cuts all over her face and body.
The victim was initially unwilling to provide information, but with the support of local uniform officers and specialist Anti-Victimisation Unit detectives she was able to give an account of what had happened.
Detective Sergeant Joel Brooks said; “The first report to us came from the ambulance service who had been called to her workplace by colleagues after she went into work with injuries all over her body.
“When officers went to her address to check on her welfare she would not let them in and they were so concerned for her safety that they forced entry and found Jones present with her.
“Despite her initially saying he was not the offender, officers arrested him.
“Careful and sensitive police work resulted in her eventually disclosing what had happened.”
The victim, who no longer lives in Hove and wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I am overjoyed and relieved at the result and work of all the officers involved who have helped me escape a horrific and violent relationship, so that I can rebuild my life again.
“I’d also like to thank workers at RISE, the local domestic abuse charity, who were also really helpful and supportive.”
Sussex Police have an ongoing campaign aimed at encouraging all victims of domestic abuse to report incidents earlier before the abuse escalates.
They are also raising awareness of White Ribbon UK, an international organisation working to involve men in opposing violence and abuse against women.
RISE can be contacted on 01273 622822.