News from the Courts:
A man jailed for domestic violence is believed to be the first person to be subject to an order which protects potential future victims.
Detectives from Hackney secured a Criminal Behaviour Order on Monday, 27 March against Kylle Godfrey – who is serving a three-year sentence for actual bodily harm, perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation. Part of the order, (lasting seven years), requires Godfrey to inform police if he is in a relationship for more than 14 days.
It is believed that this is the first time in England and Wales that such a requirement has formed part of this type of order.
The order also allows police to inform these partners of his previous violent behaviour to women under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.
DI Jane Topping, Hackney Community Safety Unit said: “This order gives us a new way of protecting victims of domestic abuse and prevent other women from suffering at the hands of people like Godfrey, and help our efforts to tackle domestic violence.The victim in Godfrey’s case was subjected to a horrendous ordeal by him following a sustained campaign of domestic violence. She has shown incredible bravery in supporting our investigation, and I hope she feels safer now Godfrey is behind bars and will be subject to closer scrutiny.”
Godfrey, of North Circular Road, Neasden, was sentenced on Tuesday,14 February for attacking his partner over several days in October last year.
The court heard that he banged his victim’s head on the floor and strangled her, inflicting blunt force trauma injuries to her head.
Following his arrest Godfrey continued to intimidate the victim and whilst on bail before his court appearance, he assaulted another woman he was in a relationship with.
Godfrey admitted to two counts of actual bodily harm, perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation. On Tuesday, 14 February, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
The order will be in place for seven years, and was made under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.