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Controlling partner from Larkfield subjected woman to repeated abuse A controlling partner from Larkfield who subjected his girlfriend to repeated physical and mental abuse has been sentenced to prison. Richard Robson was jailed after pleading guilty to a string of violent offences, which included striking the victim with a belt and beating her with a bottle. Robson, aged 35, of Lunsford Lane, Larkfield was responsible for a prolonged and sustained period of abuse, between November 2019 and July 2020. Allegations were initially made to Kent Police on 20 July, following an incident where Robson poured beer over the victim and then used the empty bottle as a weapon to beat her around the head and face. He was arrested and an investigation revealed a catalogue of other offences, including the victim being repeatedly strangled, punched and assaulted with a belt. During the relationship threats were made to kill her pets and Robson also isolated the victim from family and friends. Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court, Robson pleaded guilty to a charge of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship, as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a further assault. On Wednesday 25 November 2020, he was sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment. He was also made subject of a five-year restraining order. DC Anneka Williams, of the West Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team, said: ‘Robson continuously abused, isolated and tormented his victim during the vast majority of their relationship. He has subjected her to the most appalling violence, much of which would be in the nature of punishments for trivial things which made him angry. The victim was also the subject of relentless mental anguish, which was often intended to humiliate and degrade her. She was living in fear and would try and find other places to stay as she was too frightened to face him. ‘Domestic violence is a priority for Kent Police and I would encourage anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation or relationship to report it to someone and get help. There is a range of support and information available, just phone us or ask a trusted friend or relative to do it. Nobody should ever feel they don’t have the option to walk away or get help.’
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