Jail for man who attacked his partner in Cliftonville


A man who punched and strangled his partner at their home in Cliftonville, leaving her fearing that he would kill her, has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.

Christian Hinkley attacked the woman in December 2015 and, when ambulance crews arrived, she was in the street in just a towel and with visible injuries. Hinkley went on to claim that his victim was having an asthma attack and that she had attacked him, leaving him to defend himself. However, he denied punching her or causing her injuries.

He went on to attack the woman on two further occasions, while he was on bail for the first offence, before he was remanded in custody. In one of those attacks, the woman was stamped on and kicked in the face.

Hinkley was convicted of one charge of wounding with intent and three charges of assault by beating. He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for the first charge and will be on extended licence for a further four years. For each of the other charges, he was jailed for six months, with the sentence to run concurrently.

Kris Venkatasami, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South East, said: "This was an absolutely appalling case of domestic abuse, leaving the victim fearing for her life. Sadly, as is so often the case in these sorts of incidents, he went on to attack her again, proving how violent and dangerous he was.

"Cases such as this are a terrible reminder of just how brutal domestic abuse can be. It comes in all forms and can include all sorts of controlling behaviour and even emotional or financial abuse.

"It is something we are committed to tackling and it's something that sadly is more common than people probably believe. Figures from 2016 show we dealt with an average of around 215 cases each month in Kent. All too often, it's a hidden crime and that's why it's so important for those who suffer domestic abuse to come forward and report what is happening to them."