Man guilty of non-fatal strangulation offence sentenced to 34 months in prison
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Benjamin Flatters, aged 32, of Dorchester Road, Spalding was sentenced to 34 months in jail for non-fatal strangulation. Flatters appeared at Lincoln Crown Court today (24 August) where he pleaded guilty to intentional strangulation. A 10-year restraining order was also ordered to prevent Flatters from having any contact with his victim.
The charge of non-fatal strangulation was introduced in June 2022 as a new offence under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. Victims of strangulation may be left with little or no physical marks meaning previously, a charge of actual bodily harm or common assault may have been applied, which did not reflect the serious nature of the act. The new legislation means that offenders can face a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Detective Chief Inspector Reid Martin, from the PVP (Protecting Vulnerable Persons) Unit said: “Domestic abuse is absolutely a priority for Lincolnshire Police and for the perpetrator in this case to receive a 34-month custodial sentence sends a strong message to perpetrators. I hope that the victim in this case feels a sense of justice for what they went through. I also hope that this encourages more victims to come forward and report domestic abuse.”
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