Swanley man sentenced to two years for horrific domestic abuse against women in Gravesend and Maidstone

Swanley resident Darrell McArdle has been sentenced to two years in prison for his horrific acts of domestic abuse against two women in Gravesend and Maidstone.

McArdle, 24, had been in relationships with both women, but instead of showing them love and respect, he subjected them to physical and psychological abuse.

According to reports, McArdle began seeing one of the victims in February of last year and by June, he had already established a pattern of controlling behavior. He would forbid her from speaking to other men, seeing her friends, and would physically assault her if she didn’t dress to his liking.

The abuse only escalated from there, with McArdle forcing the victim to delete all of her social media accounts and threatening to harm her family if she ever tried to leave him. In June of this year, McArdle physically assaulted the victim at a property in Gravesend, repeatedly punching her in the head and even forcing out one of her teeth.

The second victim was also subjected to McArdle’s violent behavior when he entered her home in Maidstone on November 21 of last year. During the attack, McArdle punched her in the face multiple times, pinned her to a sofa, and even strangled her.

McArdle was eventually arrested as part of a case led by the West Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team and appeared before Maidstone Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to charges of controlling and coercive behavior, as well as two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

In addition to his two-year prison sentence, McArdle has also been given a five-year restraining order relating to one of the victims.

DC Joe Yandle, who worked on the case, stated that McArdle is a “violent bully and coward” who has shown no remorse for his actions. He also commended the bravery of the two victims for coming forward and reminded others who may be in abusive relationships that there is support available.

Domestic abuse is a serious issue and no one should ever have to endure it. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, please reach out for help. You are not alone.

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