A former student of theology assaulted and sexually assaulted a woman after drinking and taking drugs.
As the woman struggled to free herself, the attacker told her: “Shut up or I’ll end your life.”
By sending Jordan Merle-Hampton to prison, a judge tells him he has let his children down.
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Swansea Crown Court struck down an address in Swansea’s Penlan area in March last year after consuming crack cocaine was reported to have been consumed by alcohol.
Prosecutors Claire Wilkes said during the incident Jordan Merle-Hampton pinned her victim to the floor before grabbing her by the throat and then sexually assaulting her. As the woman cried and struggled to break free, the defendant told her: “Shut up or I’ll end your life.”
Before leaving, the 38-year-old broke the woman’s mobile phone, and stole a watch.
Merly-Hampton then went home, and a witness described how he was “in an agitated state” and was “humming and laughing to himself”. The defendant threatened to “go back and finish him” before he passed out. The court heard that the witness was so concerned that he had heard that he had told his partner about it, and decided to alert the police.
When officers went to the victim’s home, they found that she had wounds on her neck, and they saw blood stains on her clothing and the walls of the property.
The defendant was arrested the next day, and told police that the sexual activity between him and the woman was consensual, and that he was assaulted.
Jordan Merly-Hampton of Heil Frank, Penlan, Swansea, had previously pleaded guilty to general assault, actual bodily harm, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, theft and criminal damage when he appeared at the dock for sentencing. He has 15 previous convictions for 43 offences.
David Pinnell for Merle-Hampton stated that the defendant admitted that his behavior was “very bad”, but added that his client “possessed positive qualities in him” and has a life outside the custody setting to look forward to. .
Recorder Mark Powell QC told the defendant that he had disappointed his children with his actions that night. He said he had read references and letters written on behalf of the former theology student, and acknowledged that his remorse was genuine.
Merley-Hampton was sentenced to a total of 40 months in prison for his guilty pleas, along with a third remission. He would serve for half the term before being released on license to serve the remainder in the community. The defendant must sign the sex offenders register for the next 10 years.
Support for survivors of sexual abuse is available from many different charities and organizations. The following non-exhaustive list contains contact details for services that may help if you are affected by the issues raised in this article.
- 0808 802 0808 (Freephone)
- 07717 989 022 (Text Line)
- Support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse and anyone who supports them. A helpline, text support, and email consultation are included.
National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
- 0808 801 0331
- Supports adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Offers a helpline, email support and local services.
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- 0800 121 7114
- Provides advocacy services, counseling and resources for adults who have experienced childhood trauma or domestic or sexual abuse.
- 0808 800 5007 (Youth Helpline)
- 0808 800 5005 (National Male Survivor Helpline)
- Helpline for adults and youth experiencing sexual abuse and rape.
- 0808 8010 818
- Lists local specialist services for survivors of sexual violence, including advocates and independent sexual violence counselors (ISVAs).
Anglerfish Crisis England and Wales
- 0808 802 9999
- Support for women and girls affected by rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence of any kind. Provides details of local centres.
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