YESTERDAY at Swindon Crown Court, Mark Eatwell, 44, of Coronation Road, Wroughton, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of ABH and false imprisonment.
The charges relate to Eatwell abusing his former partner Jayne-Anne Murray. Overnight between April 6 and 7 last year, Murray was visiting Eatwell’s home address to spend time with Mark Eatwell's son. Eatwell then proceeded to keep Murray prisoner in his home for several hours and assaulted her.
Jayne-Anne said: “I want to get across to people not to put up with domestic violence. No-one has the right to do that to you.
“I want all the victims of domestic violence to know that when you do come forward and report the abuse you will get the help you need.
"I couldn’t have been happier with the support that I received from Wiltshire Police throughout the whole investigation – right through to giving evidence at court. “I urge people to report abuse - don’t put up with it .”
Senior investigating officer Detective Constable Sonia Marsh said: “I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Mark Eatwell today.
“The behavior of Mark Eatwell on the night of the incident was vile and cowardly. “Jayne-Anne Murray suffered a horrific and sustained attack which has had a huge effect on her life.
“The courage she has shown throughout the investigation and during the court case is admirable.
“Wiltshire Police support victims of domestic violence and we encourage victims to come forward. “Behaviour such as that shown by Mark Eatwell will not be tolerated and the sentencing demonstrates how seriously domestic violence is taken by Wiltshire Police and the justice system.”
Anyone wishing to report an incident of domestic violence should call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
You can also call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 (freephone in partnership with Women’s Aid and Refuge), Swindon 24 Hour Helpline 01793 610610 or visit www.speakoutwiltshire.com.