A violent and abusive man from Tonbridge who took complete control of what a woman was allowed to do over a number of years has been jailed.

He bullied his partner, told her what she could wear and demanded she wore loose clothing at all times. She was not allowed to contact friends or family and he kept the curtains and blinds shut to prevent her seeing anyone outside. The victim feared she would be harmed if she did not follow Grant Jeffery’s demands.

She lost weight and became so ill that she was admitted to hospital in September 2023.

Whilst undergoing treatment, Jeffery visited and called her on many occasions and required her phone to remain on a video call so that he could observe her at all times. He also assaulted the victim whilst at the hospital and, on 21 September, Kent Police officers arrested him at a bus stop outside the building.

Jeffery, from Tonbridge, was charged and pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to coercive and controlling behaviour. On Tuesday 9 April 2024, the 33-year-old was sentenced to three years and one month’s imprisonment. He will also be subject to a 10-year restraining order.

Detective Constable Jake Squire, of the West Kent Proactive Domestic Abuse Team, said:

‘Jeffery is an aggressive bully who used threats and intimidation to exert complete control over his victim. It is right he is now serving a prison sentence and I hope this gives his victim the opportunity to repair her health and rebuild her life.

‘Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for Kent Police and I would encourage anyone who is a victim to come forward. Nobody should suffer this kind of ordeal and feel they are unable to escape. It is important to remember you are not alone and that if you don’t want to contact the police, there also several support agencies and charities available who will always listen and can help.’

Violence Against Women and Girls

Information, advice and support relating to Violence Against Women and Girls is available at: https://www.kent.police.uk/police-forces/kent-police/areas/kent-police/about-us/tackling-violence-against-women-and-girls/

This page also includes details on how Kent Police is tackling offences including domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and other forms of violence.

By Ed

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