Abusive Cambs man controlled partner's life and pinned her to a wall by the throat

Controlling and abusive Ashley Baker, 41, subjected the woman to a verbal and physical violence
Controlling and abusive Ashley Baker, 41, subjected the woman to a verbal and physical violence -Credit:Cambs Police

An abusive Cambs man controlled every aspect of his partner's life - flying into a rage if he thought men were looking at her and pinning her up against a wall by her throat. Ashley Baker, 41, subjected the woman to a barrage of verbal and physical abuse for seven years, a court heard.

He made her call him during her lunchbreak from work every day and banned her from going to the canteen. He repeatedly quizzed her about who she had been speaking to and working with.

He once fell out with her on the way back from the supermarket because he thought another man was looking at her. Once at home he smashed a coffee table in a rage and pinned her up against a wall by her throat.

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Baker forced the woman to wear vest tops under clothes to hide her chest and made her close the blinds at home if she wanted to do a workout. He also tried to alienate her from family and friends, accusing them of causing trouble in their relationship.

He controlled all aspects of her everyday life and regularly shouted and became physically violent. On one occasion, the victim’s son recorded the abuse to show to police.

Baker, of Wood Street, Doddington, March, pleaded guilty to engaging in controlling behaviour and was sentenced to two years and three months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (May 10).

'Justice has been done'

PC Rachael Copeland, who investigated, said: “Baker subjected his partner to years of control and abuse. He robbed her of her friends and family and enjoyment of everyday life.

“I am glad justice has been done today and I want to praise the victim for her courage in coming forwards. Tackling domestic abuse is a priority area for the force and we will do all we can to bring offenders before the courts.”

For more on support and how to report domestic abuse, visit the dedicated pages of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website. Anyone with concerns about a partner, friend or loved one’s partner can use the Clare's Law scheme - find more information here.

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