A man from Batley has been sentenced to over three years in prison for coercively controlling a woman over several years, along with committing a serious assault on her.

On Wednesday, October 4, Michael Lambert, a 49-year-old resident of Batley, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to domestic offences spanning an eight-year period. West Yorkshire Police is once again urging victims of domestic abuse to come forward in light of this conviction, as they continue their efforts to combat violent offences against women.

In this recent case, Lambert received a sentence of three years and three months for the offences of coercively controlling his victim between 2015 and 2023, as well as seriously assaulting her in an incident from 2014 that resulted in a severe leg injury.

Lambert was apprehended and charged in April 2023 by safeguarding officers from the Kirklees District who were investigating reports made by the victim.

Police Constable James Healey of the Kirklees Domestic Abuse Team, who led the investigation, said, ‘We welcome the sentencing of Michael Lambert at court and hope the victim can take comfort from the sentence imposed. It is welcome his eventual guilty plea has spared her and other witnesses the ordeal of a full trial.

“This has been a harrowing case in which the victim reported Lambert had put her through years of domestic abuse and controlling/coercive behaviour. This included assaults, verbal abuse and restricting her social life. He also seriously injured her in an incident in 2014.

“I want to commend her courage in coming forward and reporting this abuse, allowing us to launch a full investigation resulting in this man being put behind bars.

Detective Sergeant Magee from the Kirklees Domestic Abuse Team added: “Domestic abuse offending has a dreadful impact on its victims and can be among the hardest forms of criminal offending for them to report. West Yorkshire Police is absolutely committed to reducing these crimes as part of ongoing work to reduce violence against women.

“Dedicated safeguarding detectives thoroughly investigate each offence reported to our department and can pledge that victims will always be treated sympathetically, with their needs put at the heart of every investigation.

“We do absolutely appreciate how hard coming forward can be as a victim of this offending, but I would really encourage victims to take that difficult first step and contact us.

“No-one should have to suffer domestic abuse and contacting us allows us to investigate and put in place the necessary support victims will require.”