Jail stretch for domestic abuse fiend

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to two years behind bars after threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, a resident of Woking.

Mathew Martell, originally from Haslemere, appeared at Guildford Crown Court last Friday (July 17) where he was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment for harassment, death threats and witness intimidation against his former partner while on bail.

SENTENCED – Mathew Martell, who is 22 and originally from Haslemere, is facing two years in prison after harassing, intimidating and even threatening to kill his Woking-based ex-girlfriend

SENTENCED – Mathew Martell, who is 22 and originally from Haslemere, is facing two years in prison after harassing, intimidating and even threatening to kill his Woking-based ex-girlfriend

He had previously been found guilty at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, June 18 and issued a five-year restraining order.

In court last month, prosecuting barrister Mr Thomas Cockroft outlined how Martell began contacting his former girlfriend through false social media accounts on April 4 this year.

This happened after his release from police custody despite a bail condition being that he was not to make contact with her.

He also made several phone calls from withheld numbers and made threats to post degrading messages on Facebook, as well as threatening to kill her.

PC Jessica Diavatis underlined the force’s zero tolerance to abuse and intimidation. She said: “We are pleased with this sentence which ensures Martell is behind bars for a period of time.

“We understand the strength it takes to report this kind of harassment and intimidation, and I’d like to recognise the victim’s courage in coming forward and helping us to bring this case to court.

“I know she is reassured that officers have listened to her and she now feels she can move on with her life.”

PC Diavatis hopes the conviction will serve as an example to others – on both sides of the abusive relationship dynamic. She added: “I hope this case sends out a clear warning to potential offenders that any breach of police bail conditions will not be taken lightly and we will take all necessary action to bring those offenders to justice.

“I would also like to add that we take all reports of domestic abuse and intimidation seriously, whether it originates from social media, phone calls or direct contact.

“Our specially trained officers will thoroughly and sensitively investigate any reported incidents to ensure the safety of victims and to hold perpetrators to account.”

ANYONE suffering domestic abuse, or concerned friends, neighbours or family members, can ring the 24-hour Domestic Abuse helpline on 01483 776822 in confidence. Alternatively go online to www.surreyagainstda.info for more information and support at any time of the day or night.

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