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Husband jailed after subjecting wife to 30 years of domestic abuse (Guardian)

Husband jailed after subjecting wife to 30 years of domestic abuse (Guardian)

A controlling husband who subjected his wife to almost 30 years of domestic abuse has been jailed.

Robert Simmons, 62, a self-employed crofter from Sandness in Shetland, used a variety of abusive means to dominate and humiliate his spouse and assert control over her.

His actions, which included hosing her down with cold water in an outbuilding, caused his victim “untold distress”, prosecutors said.

Simmons, who previously admitted 11 charges of physical and verbal abuse, was jailed for two years and eight months when he returned for sentencing to Lerwick sheriff court, Shetland, on Wednesday.

The Crown Office, which revealed details of the case and sentencing, said the campaign of abuse ran from December 1988 until March this year.

Simmons would subject his wife to a string of violent and degrading assaults, which took many forms, and would try to validate and excuse his behaviour.

On an occasion in the early 1990s, when his wife fled their home on foot, Simmons chased her in the family estate car and forced her into the boot, prosecutors said. Read more

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