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Man jailed for rape and controlling or coercive behaviour

News   •   Feb 28, 2019 15:05 GMT

A man who subjected a woman to six months of physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse has been jailed for nine and a half years after being found guilty of rape and controlling or coercive behaviour at Kingston Crown Court yesterday (27 February).

Richard Shaw, 44, of Frettons, Basildon, was sentenced after being found guilty of one count of rape and two counts of controlling or coercive behaviour in November 2018.

Shaw was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 15 years or until further order.

An investigation began after concerns were raised to police in October 2017 by the victim’s family that she was being isolated and controlled by Shaw. He was arrested shortly afterwards.

It was at this point that the victim was finally able to talk to police about what she had been through and it emerged that as well as the rape, Shaw had subjected her to repeated physical and verbal assaults and had spat at her on numerous occasions. Shaw also prevented her from going out alone and would constantly message her while she was at work, monitor her phone and even respond to her private messages.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Furlonger said: “I want to start by commending the victim in this case, who has been incredibly brave in giving evidence about the abuse she suffered so that Shaw could be brought to justice.

“Shaw is a vicious, nasty bully who has shown absolutely no regard for the victim’s feelings. The six months of physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse which she has suffered at his hands, including raping her, has had a devastating effect on her daily life, including not being able to work. She spent every day living in fear of violence if she didn’t do what Shaw demanded.

"The sentence given to him yesterday highlights the seriousness of the horrendous ordeal he has put her through and shows that we do take reports of this nature seriously, you will be listened to and that there is help and support available.”

Coercive or controlling behaviour is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.

For more information about coercive control, please go to https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/what-is-domestic-abuse/

Report concerns to us on 101 (999 in an emergency) or online at http://surrey.police.uk/TellUsMore

*Shaw was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for the rape and 18 months for each count of controlling or coercive behaviour to run concurrently. The sentence for the two counts of controlling or coercive behaviour was ordered to run consecutively to the rape, resulting in a total sentence of nine years and six months.