A dangerous man with a history of serious domestic assaults has been jailed for six years following a West Midlands Police investigation.

Reuben Hylton, of Druids Heath, Birmingham, launched a sustained campaign of violence against his partner over a period of several months, his cowardly horrific behaviour consisted of:

  • Repeatedly strangling her
  • Choking her with a dog chain
  • Threatening to drown her
  • One occasion stabbing her several times in the neck with a pair of scissors

During the same period, the 28-year-old also targeted the victim’s terrified family members, making threats of violence towards them and smashing windows at the houses of her aunt and a disabled family friend.

Reuben Hylton

A large scale manhunt was launched involving officers from both West Midlands and West Mercia Police, and following a social media appeal, Hylton was arrested in October 2018.

Thursday (16th May), Hylton was  found guilty of:

  • Coercive control
  • Malicious wounding
  • Assault
  • Actual bodily harm
  • Making threats to kill
  • Criminal damage

He was jailed for six years following a three week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Richard Stanley, from the Public Protection Unit, said: “Hylton is a violent and controlling individual who sought to intimidate his victims so that they would not contact police.

“The victims have shown incredible courage in standing up to him despite his extreme intimidation, thanks to their determination and bravery he will be behind bars for a considerable amount of time.”

For advice around reporting domestic abuse visit the www.west-midlands.police.uk


Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWAid)  – Supports women and children both during and after domestic violence.

Birmingham Freedom Project – Based in South West Birmingham and supports women and children during and after domestic violence with empowerment and awareness programmes.

The Men’s Advice Line – Provides information, emotional support and practical advice to male victims of domestic violence (in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.



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