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Man sentenced to prison for controlling and coercive behaviour - Warwick

Following a Warwickshire Police investigation, a man has been sentenced to prison for controlling and coercive behaviour.

David Huxley, aged 48 formerly of Cleeve Avenue, Bristol, appeared at Warwick Crown Court last Friday (31 August 2018) where he was sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment and given a ten year restraining order.David Huxley Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
David Huxley

Between 1 June 2017 and 23 January 2018, Huxley assaulted the victim on several occasions and manipulated her into providing him with money. The offences took place in Warwick.

Huxley was charged with coercive and controlling behaviour and pleaded guilty at the same court on 22 August 2018.

The offence of controlling and coercive behaviour is part of the Serious Crime Act 2015, and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years' imprisonment.

Following the sentencing,Detective Sergeant Collette O'Keefe from Warwickshire Police said: "We hope that this conviction demonstrates our commitment to victims of domestic abuse which so often takes place over a period of time prior to coming to the attention of police.

"The victim in this case has been extremely brave, and I'd like to thank her for her support throughout the investigation.

"I would also like to thank our partner agencies for bringing this case to our attention, and to Michael Rouse, our domestic abuse risk officer, who has worked closely with the victim and supported her throughout the investigation."   

Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse is encouraged to report it to police by calling 101 - if a crime is ongoing always call 999. We have specially trained officers working across Warwickshire who will do everything possible to safeguard those who are vulnerable.

If you have been a victim, or witnessed domestic abuse and do not wish to speak to the police, please contact the freephone, 24-hour Women's Aid National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Issued: 3.55pm, Thursday 6 September, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 06/09/18