Tidworth man jailed for assaulting ex-partner

Tidworth man jailed for assaulting ex-partner

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 4:27pm 20th March 2020.

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Kelvin Spooner's also been given a 10 year restraining order to keep away from her.

The 28 year old appeared before Salisbury Crown Court this week, admitting to eight counts of breaching a restraining order, as well as being found guilty of one count of common assault.

He's been sentenced to a 23 month prison term, in addition to the new restraining order.

WHAT HAPPENED? 

Spooner and his partner separated in February 2018 and he was later issued with a restraining order in November 2018.

Throughout 2019 though, he made contact with her through abusive social media messages.

Spooner also approached her in her car at the play park near Zouch Avenue in Tidworth, assaulting her.

Zouch Avenue area Tidworth
Spooner assaulted his ex-partner near the Zouch Avenue play park in 2019

He hit the victim around the face, causing swelling to her ear and shouted threats towards her afterwards.

At the time of the incidents, Spooner was also on a suspended prison sentence.

Sergeant Russell Griffin said: 

"Spooner has shown absolute disregard for the courts and has been brazen in the way he has continued to breach the restraining order. Back in November he assaulted her in a local play park. This is completely unacceptable behaviour and I am pleased he has been given a custodial sentence.

"I would like to praise the victim for the bravery she has shown in reporting her concerns and providing statements to the court to ensure this violent man was imprisoned. I understand that reporting any kind of domestic abuse can be extremely difficult, but I'd urge anyone suffering to reach out for help.  

"Nobody should have to put up with this kind of violent behaviour from someone they have been in, or continue to be in, a relationship with."

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE A VICTIM

If you've suffered domestic abuse, or know someone who might need help, you can call Wiltshire Police on 101.

In an emergency, you're asked to call 999 immediately.

There's also plenty of advice on the Wiltshire Police website, including links to other support services. 

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