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‘Brutal’ Bermudian jailed 20 years in UK

A Bermudian man was jailed last week for 20 years for a brutal campaign of domestic abuse against his 29-year-old former girlfriend.

Tarik Hill, 35, formerly from Devonshire, was found guilty of false imprisonment, two charges of causing actual bodily harm, putting someone in fear of violence by harassment and of controlling and coercive behaviour after a trial in January.

He was also convicted of the rape of a woman aged 16 and over at a separate trial at the same court in May.

Hill, of no fixed abode in Britain, will have to serve an extended sentence of 20 years — 15 years behind bars and a licence period of five years.

He will also be placed on the UK sex offenders register for life.

Detective Constable Mark Annal, of London’s Metropolitan Police, who led the investigation, said: “Hill is a violent, high-risk offender whose partner was forced to endure a truly horrific campaign of abuse.

“We are pleased that he is now behind bars and unable to subject anyone else to this type of behaviour.

“The victim in this case will have to live with the impact of this for the rest of her life.”

Mr Annal added: “She has shown great courage in coming forward and helping to secure this conviction and we hope this sentence brings her some kind of closure.”

The January trial heard that Hill had met the 29-year-old woman in the autumn of 2016 and the two started seeing each other. But he started a campaign of physical and psychological abuse just months into the relationship.

Hill attacked the woman on a regular basis, verbally abused her and deleted the contact numbers of all the men on her mobile phone.

The court heard Hill refused to let the woman leave the house and carried out a sustained attack on her over several hours in March 2017.

He forced her to have sex with him after the assault and told her she could not leave the bedroom until she complied.

The traumatised woman ended the relationship soon afterwards and reported Hill to police in May 2017.

Hill was arrested the next day and was charged with the offences in August 2017 after a police investigation.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said Hill had denied the attack in March 2017 and insisted he had been at work all day.

But the spokesman added that detectives had found evidence that was not the case and Hill was charged with a string of offences.

A spokesman for the Bermuda Police said yesterday that the service had been “recently made aware of the conviction and sentencing of a 35-year-old local man in the UK for sexual related offences”.

He added: “However, the BPS awaits official notification from the relevant UK authorities regarding this matter.”

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