The new domestic violence disclosure scheme will be subjected upon Kylle Godfrey, from London, for the first time.
A legal first:
The first person in England and Wales who is obliged to tell police if he gets a new girlfriend, is a man who violently abused two former partners.
The seven-year criminal behavior order, which Kylle Godfrey is subject to, means he must inform police if he is in a relationship for more than 14 days, so that officers can tell new partners about his previous violent behavior under the domestic violence disclosure scheme.
The specific requirement to notify police about developments in his private life, is a legal first. It was made under the Antisocial Behavior, Crime and Police Act 2014.
30 year old Godfrey from Neasden, north-west London is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for two counts of actual bodily harm, perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation. Over several days in October last year, he attacked his victim and banged her head on the floor, causing trauma injuries to her head.
North London’s Wood Green crown court was told that while he was on bail, he continued to intimidate her and also assaulted a second woman he was in a relationship with.
Last week, the order was made, after Godfrey had admitted to the attacks during a court hearing on February 14.
“This order gives us a new way of protecting victims of domestic abuse and prevents other women from suffering at the hands of people like Godfrey, and helps our efforts to tackle domestic violence,” said DI Jane Topping, of the Hackney community safety unit.
“The victim in Godfrey’s case was subjected to a horrendous ordeal by him following a sustained campaign of domestic violence. She has shown incredible bravery in supporting our investigation, and I hope she feels safer now Godfrey is behind bars and will be subject to closer scrutiny.”
Last year, despite being cleared of rape, a man was ordered by the court to inform police 24 hours before any sexual contact with a woman.
The man is also subject to restrictions online and is required to inform police any phone he owned that could access the internet, call or text people.
The man was acquitted of raping a woman at a retrial in 2015 after stating that the alleged victim had consented.