Medway assaults lead to prison sentence totalling more than three years
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More than three years’ imprisonment has been imposed on a man who strangled a woman.
Oliver Pinney committed the assault after escorting the victim, who is known to him, back to his home address following a night of socialising in Rochester on 30 January 2021.
A dispute took place inside the property, during which Pinney pinned the woman to the floor and strangled her with such force it caused bruising to her neck.
She eventually managed to break free and was able to run to a nearby home for help. Pinney was located and detained within 15 minutes and has been held on remand since.
The 26-year-old, of Tupman Close, Rochester, went on to admit assault by beating at Maidstone Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court to three years and two months’ imprisonment on Wednesday 10 November 2021.
In addition to the assault on the woman, Pinney received a concurrent two-year sentence for a separate count of grievous bodily harm.
This assault was committed in Strood in August 2019 and led to a man sustaining a serious facial injury after he was hit in the head with a pitchfork.
In the moments leading up to the assault, Pinney became involved in a disturbance with an associate of the victim. The victim attempted to break up the dispute by chasing Pinney away from the scene, and he was attacked with the weapon a short time later.
Police Constable Scott Kitchener, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the assault on the woman, said:
‘Pinney has shown himself to be an exceptionally violent, dangerous and callous offender.
‘He subjected the victim of my case to a horrifying ordeal, during which she would have had every reason to believe her life was in grave danger.
‘Such offending is intolerable, and we will always seek to take the most robust and proportionate action against any perpetrator.
‘I am pleased that the courts have now imposed a custodial sentence and I hope the victim can feel a sense of justice.’