Repeat domestic abuser gets 4 years in state prison

Bristol County District Attorney's Office. (WLNE)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said a repeat domestic abuser was sentenced to four years in prison last week.

Attorney Thomas Quinn said Abdul Yakubu, 36, pleaded guilty to strangulation, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and subsequent domestic assault and battery charges.

Court records said in June of 2021, New Bedford police responded to a 911 call from the victim’s neighbor on Belleville Avenue.

When police arrived, they said they found the victim with bruises on her face, forehead and neck. They also said they noticed a broken doorframe when they entered the apartment.

Records stated the victim told officers that her boyfriend of three weeks pulled her by the hair, strangled her with his hands and repeatedly punched her in the face.

She further said Yakubu threw her to the floor, kicked her and left the apartment. She said he came back shortly after and resumed assaulting her.

Documents show Yakubu served multiple jail and prison sentences for domestic violence in the past.

Authorities said he has at least eight restraining orders against him by at least three separate victims.

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