A Lincolnshire man has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after assaulting his former girlfriend and causing physical harm, including punching her and throwing bottles of vodka at her during their relationship. Joshua Freestone, 30, of High Street, Kexby, Gainsborough, was charged with three counts of Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) which he inflicted on his former girlfriend, who was vulnerable, over a period of 15 months between 2017 and 2019.
He appeared at Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing on Monday, November 6, after pleading guilty to the three offences at his trial in September 2023. The court heard that there were a minimum of seven assaults over the 15 month period, when the defendant lived with the victim and his parents before they moved in with her parents.
His Honour Judge Simon Hirst said: “Over a course of 15 months on the basis of what prosecution accepted, you assaulted the victim on a minimum of seven occasions. Violence included punching her to the side of the face, kicking her in the legs, causing a cut to her eyebrows, throwing bottles of vodka at her and striking her behind the ear.”
A victim statement read out in Lincoln Crown Court by prosecuting barrister, Neil Sands, stated: “There are no words that can describe what he did to me and the damage that was done. I feel utterly broken, there is a piece of me I will never get back.
“I will always wish it had been different and I could go back and change it. The only comfort I have is that this process will stop it happening to anyone else because I wouldn’t wish what I went through to happen to my worst enemy.”
Mr Sands also said that the victim has started studying A-Levels at the beginning of he relationship but gave them up because of the controlling relationship. He also said the victim lost her friends and couldn’t go out with them during the relationship.
Mitigating factors read out by defence barrister, Hal Ewing, included Freestone’s guilty plea, the offences being four years old and his “reliance on alcohol and drugs being unhealthy and destructive which led to further arguments” in the relationship.
Freestone has been sentenced to 32 months in prison and was also given a restraining order of five years.