Man jailed for GBH and unlawful imprisonment - Aylesbury

16/08/2013

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 16 August 2013, and was jailed for more than eight years for attacking his former partner with a hammer and keeping her imprisoned at her home in Aylesbury.

Darren James Stenhouse, aged 38, of no fixed abode, was sentenced after previously admitting charges of grievous bodily harm with intent, and unlawful imprisonment.

He assaulted 30-year-old Claire Harrison at her home in Belgrave Road on Tuesday, 05 March 2013, after she ended their four-year relationship.

After arranging to pick up some of his belongings, Stenhouse produced a metal handled dead blow hammer and used to it to strike her around the head several times. He then struck her on her back while she was on the floor.

He removed two bicycle cables and padlocks from a bag he had taken with him and bound her hands and legs. He then followed her upstairs after she said she needed the toilet and then into a bedroom when she said she needed to lie down because of her injuries.

Stenhouse asked the victim where her mobile phone was and she told him it was in another bedroom. When he left the room she barricaded herself in and called the emergency services.

After trying to break back into the room, which resulted in him suffering head injuries, and then throwing the hammer through a glass panel in the door, Stenhouse ran out of the house and was later located, by a police dog and handler, hiding in trees in Faraday Road.

As a result of the incident, Claire suffered several scars to her head and slight paralyses to her leg after being struck on the back with the hammer.

Stenhouse was sentenced to eight years six months imprisonment, and a three and a half year extended licence period.