Bully Daniel Gray takes ex on 70-mile ride of terror
Maidstone Crown Court,
where Gray was sentenced
A controlling bully who took his ex-girlfriend on a 70-mile
terror drive after offering her a lift home at night has walked
free from court after a judge decided he could benefit from a
domestic violence course.
Daniel Gray was told if he had “harmed so much as a hair” on
Cherokee Chadwick’s head, he would have gone straight to jail.
“Generally speaking, if a man abuses a woman he will be taken to
prison immediately - and for some considerable length of time,”
said Judge Charles Byers.
“There is nothing more cowardly than a man striking a woman, or
putting her in fear.”
But he added: “The domestic violence course has a tremendous
measure of success. That is not to say you are going to walk from
this court Scot free.”
Gray, of Bristol Close, Rochester, was sentenced to 15 months
imprisonment suspended for two years with supervision and 150 hours
unpaid work after admitting false imprisonment.
A restraining order banning him from going within 400 metres of
Miss Chadwick’s home was imposed.
Maidstone Crown Court heard the couple had been in a stormy
relationship and had a daughter together. It ended in May last
Miss Chadwick had gone out in Maidstone with friends on
September 7 and Gray, 27, turned up where they were at the Beluga
Bar in the town centre (pictured below). He also joined them at
John Fitzgerald, prosecuting,
said Miss Chadwick was going to get a taxi home in the town but did
not have enough money. Gray then offered her a lift.
He wanted to know why she did not want to be in a relationship
with him and when she did not answer he became angry. He drove in
the wrong direction, telling her he would not take her home until
she answered him.
Gray went onto the M20 and M25 in the early hours and did not
leave the motorway until the Godstone turn-off in Surrey.
“He was driving at speed,” said Mr Fitzgerald. “She was very
frightened, crying hysterically and pleading with him to take her
Miss Chadwick dialled 999 but Gray snatched the phone from her.
He then called her father and gloated that he had kidnapped his
daughter. Her father called the police.
The police phoned Gray and could hear hysterical screaming. Gray
claimed they were just driving around. He was persuaded to take the
Judge Byers told Gray: “Miss Chadwick must have been terrified.
She would have been captive for that length of time. She had no
idea where she was going.
“She only knew she was in the presence of a controlling man who
might harm her. That is the sort of behaviour that cannot be
“You have an appalling record for violence, which shows you are
not only controlling but also a bully. You are now distressed
because you realise you might be facing condign punishment for the
“However, there is merit in what your counsel says. If you fail,
you will be brought back before me. I warn you I do not improve on
“It is time, at the age of 27, you realised there are other
people in this world, not just you. If a girl says she doesn’t want
you any more, you have to bite the bullet.”
Told that Miss Chadwick had taken out a restraining order
against Gray but asked for it to be discharged last year, the judge
said: “She may have regretted that.”
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