Southend man jailed for assault

Vaqas Azam

A man from Southend who admitted subjecting a woman to violent assaults and harassment has been jailed for 21 months.

Vaqas Azam, 24, of Lornes Close, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm, assault by beating, harassment and driving offences at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, June 26.

He received a 21 month prison sentence for two counts of ABH along with three months for each count of assault by beating and harassment, which totalled 18 months and will run concurrently to the 21 month sentence.

He was also disqualified from driving for 17 months and had his driving licence endorsed.

Azam was arrested at his address on Friday, February 24, after officers received reports that he had verbally and physically abused a woman between November 2017 and February 2018.

The court heard how the 24-year-old had punched, slapped, kicked and hit the victim with household items including a CD rack and scissors. He also admitted to harassing the victim and her parents through calls and texts as well as driving to their homes.

Investigating officer DC Andy Copley said: “Azam subjected the victim to horrific abuse, both verbally and physically.

“His threats and attacks were cowardly, often behind closed doors. I would like to thank the victim for her bravery and courage throughout this case and I hope this sentence offers some justice to her.”

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