Liverpool man jailed for five years for assault

A Liverpool man has been jailed for five years for assault offences of a woman committed over a number of years.

Ryan Thomas Hunter, 33 years of Walton appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today, Wednesday 10 May, and sentenced to five years in prison and issued with an indefinite restraining order.

On 22 March Hunter was found guilty by a trial by jury for causing two counts of actually bodily harm, two counts controlling and coercive behaviour, cultivating cannabis production and abstracting electricity.

The court heard that in January 2019, Hunter’s victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, disclosed to police that she had been subjected to assault.

Detective Inspector Ben Wayment said, “I would like to praise the courage and dignity shown by the victim throughout the investigation. This result shows that violence against women and girls will simply not be tolerated and we will work tirelessly to bring perpetrators to justice.

“While no sentence will repair the damage that Hunter’s abuse has caused, I hope today’s sentencing will not only provide his victim with justice, but also encourage other victims to come forward and have the confidence in us as a police force to take reports seriously, and ensure offenders are put before the courts so that they can pay for their crimes..

“We have a team of dedicated staff who will expertly and compassionately deal with your reports and we will do everything we can to bring offenders to justice and can pay for their crimes.”

Anyone with information or wants to report a sexual offence is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always call 999.

Image: Ryan Thomas Hunter/Merseyside Police

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