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Victim films abusive partner threatening to pour boiling water and sugar on her face

Woman secretly films abuse and takes photos of her injuries

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A woman’s secret video of her partner threatening to pour boiling water and sugar on her face helped to secure his conviction and led to David Barratt being jailed for two and half years.

“Another video showed Barrett controlled the woman’s finances and, in a third recording, Barrett could be heard telling her that no-one would come and save her because nobody cared about her,” said Det Constable Andrew Donaldson.

“I would like to praise the victim’s bravery and hope the sentence gives her some closure from this traumatic period in her life.

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Barrett, 40, was reported to police on 7 September by a relative of the victim who said he had hurt her.

Police officers visited the house where the pair lived and established Barrett had attacked the woman after an argument, grabbing her by the neck.

David Barratt admitted the offences when shown the videos of the abuse he had inflicted on his partner.

David Barratt admitted the offences when shown the videos of the abuse he had inflicted on his partner.

The argument stemmed from her doing something he did not agree with. The woman then disclosed a history of abuse, including Barrett being verbally abusive and strangling her on another occasion in July.

The woman had managed to secretly record videos of some of the abuse and take photos of her injuries.

Barrett, of Davis Place, Peterborough, was arrested but in police interview denied all allegations.

He claimed the only time there was any physical violence was when he had pushed the woman away in self-defence.

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However, when shown the videos of the abuse he agreed his behaviour was unacceptable.

Barrett was charged and appeared at Peterborough Crown Court where he admitted coercive control and two counts of intentional strangulation.

He was sentenced at the same court on Thursday (4 April).

DC Donaldson said: “Domestic abusers who strangle their partners to control them, or induce fear, face up to five years in prison under legislation introduced in 2022.

“This case also highlights that domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Victims can also suffer from the threat and fear of injury, daily intimidation and having every aspect of their life monitored and controlled.

“Coercive control is a criminal offence, and we take all reports of it very seriously.”

Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse is urged to contact police or call the national domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.

To report concerns, or for more advice and support on domestic abuse, including coercive control, visit the force’s dedicated web page.

 

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