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B e f o r e :
MR JUSTICE JEREMY BAKER
THE RECORDER OF CARDIFF
(HER HONOUR JUDGE REES)
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"I am entirely satisfied that this is a Category 2A offence. This anal rape was particularly humiliating. It is accompanied by violence and she was vulnerable in the context, as the jury found, of a violent and controlling relationship. She has been the subject of previous violence against [her by you] and she was your partner, who had forgiven you on countless occasions for your drunken behaviour and hoped for better, only each time for you to let her down. So there is in addition, in my judgment, an element of abuse of trust here as well.
I have read and listened to the Victim Personal Statement that she has provided. I have no doubt at all that the consequences of your behaviour will live with her for many years."
The judge went on to say:
"I am conscious that the offences and the characteristics of them inform each other of the seriousness of the offence and so rather than pass consecutive sentences, there will be concurrent sentences..."
"[The applicant] between the 17th day of February 2009 and the 17th day of February 2016 caused [the complainant] to fear that violence would be used against her by his course of conduct which he knew or ought to have known would cause fear of violence to [the complainant] on each occasion in that he assaulted [the complainant] on a number of occasions and engaged in controlling behaviour towards her."
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