31/03/2017

Detective Awarded Commendation after Bringing Man to Justice with 18 Year Sentence

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In June 2016 a victim reported to police that her husband was speaking to their children over the phone and threatening them with extreme violence. The victim went on to disclose a horrific history of domestic abuse and violence.

Detective Constable Emma Brown took on this extremely sensitive and difficult inquiry and immediately engaged with both the mother and the children to ensure they were properly supported and built up trust and a rapport with them. 

Emma was able to gather evidence and present the strongest possible case to the Crown Prosecution Service and managed to secure a range of serious charges and a remand in custody for the man.

DC Brown then identified serious sexual offences relating to a previous partner where the victim hadn’t felt able to go through the court process. Emma took it upon herself to travel across the country and speak with the other victim before going back to the CPS who authorised further serious charges.

A trial took place in late 2016. Emma ensured that video links were available to the victims, that their whereabouts remained secret and that transport to and from the court was in place for all.
After only a couple of hours the jury found the offender guilty and the court sentenced him to 18 years.

Notably, domestic abuse charity Harbour, took time to praise Emma’s professionalism and support provided to the victims. In recognition of Emma’s integrity and respectfulness when dealing with the victims she was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation.