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Barking woman panicked by abusive ex’s prison letter

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:10 01 September 2015

A woman is afraid after receiving a letter from her abusive ex, sent from prison

A woman is afraid after receiving a letter from her abusive ex, sent from prison

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A woman is fearing for her life after her abusive ex-partner managed to send her an intimidating letter from his prison cell.

The 32-year-old from Barking, who wished to remain anonymous, said the letter breaks an injunction restricting contact between the pair.

He was due out of prison today but the fearful woman thinks his time would be extended if the police and prison had investigated the correspondence properly.

Instead, she says she feels failed by authorities who “don’t take victims of domestic violence seriously”.

“When I got the letter I went straight to the police,” she said. “This was a month ago and the police still haven’t interviewed him.

“He’s due out [yesterday] and if they realised he’d sent this letter and broken the court order it would definitely prolong his time in there.

“There’s absolutely no protection for me when he comes out and I’m actually scared for my life.”

She said once he’s out they don’t live far away from each other and she’s worried he’ll go back to “manipulating, controlling and hitting” her.

She said last year he sent so many abusive text messages that he received a suspended sentence from the courts.

“At the end of June I went out and left my children at home with a babysitter and he came into my home when the children were in bed and completely and utterly smashed up my home. There was nothing left.

“This letter is intimidating and threatening and says if anything happens to him there will be repercussions.

“I’m panicking and I feel like I’m not getting any victim support. I’m so worried he’ll be out before the police interview him, then they’ll have to find him first [before they can act].”

After the incident in June he was arrested and received four months imprisonment.

A prison service spokesman said: “If a member of the public receives unwanted mail from a prisoner and complains, we can and will prevent any further attempts to contact that person.

“The police are notified when such prisoners are released into probation supervision and they can be returned to custody if they break the rules.”

A spokesman from the Met police confirmed they received a report of harassment on Friday, July 21.

He added: “The harassment allegation relates to a domestic matter.

Officers from Barking & Dagenham are investigating.”


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