Police in Barnet have repeated advice to victims of domestic abuse that they should not suffer in silence – after a man was jailed for causing distress to a family member.
Vironos Vironos, of no fixed abode, was jailed for six months for breaching a restraining order which prevented him from contacting the family member, either directly or indirectly, and from entering Woodhouse Road, Finchley.
Hendon magistrates were told how he turned up drunk causing distress to the victim while threatening another family member with violence.
A police spokesman said: “We would urge anybody suffering domestic abuse to take action. Either call the police or get in touch with the National Domestic Abuse Helpline.
“There are people there who can help you and we will take positive action to support victims of domestic abuse, as we have done in this case.
He added: "Vironos had left the scene prior to police arrival, but returned later that night banging on the victim’s front door. Police were called and officers discovered Vironos inside the address and he was subsequently arrested."
Vironos denied breaching the order but was found guilty on two counts after magistrates were presented with police evidence.
At the same time, he pleaded guilty to affray for which he received a 13-week sentence to run concurrently. He must also pay a £115 victim surcharge.
The police spokesman added: “The sentences reflect the court’s view that the offences are so serious, considering his previous record and that they are domestic related."
If you are a victim of domestic abuse you can contact police by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency. Also contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.