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'Jekyll and Hyde' woman-hater Stuart Dabner jailed after leaving ex-partner with broken leg after attack at her Folkestone home

By Paul Hooper

A former lover of a “controlling” bully has branded him a “Jekyll and Hyde” woman hater after he was jailed for a shocking attack.

Stuart Dabner left his ex sweetheart nursing a broken leg following an assault at her home.

The victim, who lives in Folkestone, told a judge in a letter read to the court she had now “lost her sparkle”.

Stuart Dabner has been jailed for three years. Picture: Kent Police
Stuart Dabner has been jailed for three years. Picture: Kent Police

Canterbury Crown Court heard that in April last year the relationship broke down and a court order was made keeping them apart.

But on a number of occasions Dabner ignored the prohibition and during one incident threw his victim around her bedroom at her home in Folkestone “like a rag doll”, said prosecutor David Smith.

He said Dabner, who now lives in London, slapped her and began controlling her by checking her phone.

The victim later wrote: “I am not the same person I used to be anymore. I lost my sparkle and I felt so low.

"I never deserved this . All I did was love someone.”

She claimed he “has no respect for women and treats them like whores”.

"He is a cruel and vile person and paints this picture to people that he is a lovely man but I know the real Stuart..." - victim

She added: “He has always blamed me for everything. Stuart is never to blame and will never say sorry for what he does.

“Stuart always plays the victim. I wish I had never met him.

"He is a cruel and vile person and paints this picture to people that he is a lovely man but I know the real Stuart. He is like Jekyll and Hyde.”

Dabner had been convicted of assault in 2011 and 2016 and was on licence when he started a relationship with the victim.

Angelica Rokad, defending, said that the woman had contacted Dabner by letter despite the restraining order.

Judge Simon James
Judge Simon James

Jailing him for three years, Judge Simon James told him: “The courts were forced to become involved in your personal life after an incident in April and it made a restraining order but you chose to breach it.

“In October last year you broke the leg of your vulnerable victim and left her with other injuries.”

The court heard how drunken Dabner also went to a food and drink festival in Woking where he racially insulted a security official and then kicked out at a police officer who was driving to the police station.

The judge said: “You subjected this officer to a tirade of abusive threats that no public servant should be expected to tolerate. You threatened to kill him and his family.”

The judge also banned Dabner, who admitted the breaches, causing grievous bodily harm, attacking a police officer and a racially aggravated assault, from going near his victim for three years.

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