Man, 28, convicted of false imprisonment and harassment
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A 28-year-old Daventry man has been convicted of false imprisonment and harassment after he caused so much distress to his partner at the time that she fell through a first-floor window trying to escape him.
Curtis Thomas Peachment, 28, of Bowen Square, Daventry, was convicted of the offences in connection with an incident on February 17, 2019.
The incident started as a normal evening with the pair getting ready for a night out. However, Peachment took issue with what the woman was wearing, making her feel so uncomfortable that the evening at a local bar was cut short, with the couple arriving home just after midnight.
When they returned to Peachment’s address, he immediately began berating her once again for her clothing choices. As a result, the woman made to leave, putting on her shoes.
It was at this point that Peachment lost his temper, pulling her shoes off, throwing them across the room and telling her that she was not allowed to go. He proceeded to push and hit her before she was able to persuade him to let her go to the bathroom.
At the point of her locking the door, Peachment became angry once again and tried to break into the bathroom. This put the woman in such fear of him that she climbed out of the first-floor window, falling onto the floor below.
Despite screaming at him not to touch her, Peachment picked her up and took her back into the house before locking the door. An ambulance was called a short time later.
As a result of the fall and the attack on her by Peachment, the woman suffered a fractured vertebrae, a cut to the back of her head, bruising to her eye and a swollen lip.
At Northampton Crown Court this week (May 10), Peachment pleaded guilty to harassment and was found guilty by a jury of false imprisonment. He will be sentenced on June 14, 2021.
Lead Investigator, DC Andrea Taylor, said: “It is difficult for most people to imagine the level of fear it takes for someone to willingly jump out of a first-floor window, but this is exactly what domestic abusers do to their victims – induce terror.
“The woman in this case has shown immense bravery and I am so proud of her for supporting our case throughout – she has waited a long time for this to get to court and I am pleased that the right result has been achieved.
“I cannot overstate the courage it takes for someone who has experienced abuse like this not only to come forward and tell the police, but to support a prosecution, and I hope this case shows that Northamptonshire Police will take reports like this with the seriousness and diligence that they deserve.”
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