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'Dangerous and abusive' man jailed for threatening estranged wife with knuckle-duster

Rugby Editorial 29th Nov, 2023   0

A ‘DANGEROUS and abusive’ man who threatened his estranged wife with a knuckle-duster following weeks of harassment has been jailed for nearly two years.

At Warwick Crown Court, Stuart Johnson, 45, who used to live in Rugby but now lives in Wellingborough, was jailed for 94 weeks, having pleaded guilty to harassment and two counts of threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

Johnson had been harassing his estranged wife for weeks – culminating in him threatening her with the knuckle-duster when he met her in a car park in Newbold Road on April 24 this year.

A plain-clothed detective who happened to be in the car park at the time witnessed the incident and, after requesting back up, Johnson was arrested.

Det Cons Charna Adnitt from the Warwickshire Police Domestic Abuse Team said: “Johnson is a dangerous and abusive man who had been causing fear to his estranged wife for some time before intimidating her with a knuckle duster.

“Fortunately, one of our officers happened to be in the area at the time and was able to intervene. This ultimately led to Johnson facing justice and he will now spends time behind bars.”

A police spokesperson added: “Warwickshire Police will always protect the identity of victims. In this case, the victim has given us permission to report on the nature of the offending and the relationship between her and Johnson.”

Visit www.warwickshire.police.uk/domestic-abuse for more information on support available to victims of domestic abuse, and how to report it.


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