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Ex-boyfriend Damien Nembhard, from Gloucester, faces false imprisonment charge

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

Cheltenham Magistrates' Court

Cheltenham Magistrates' Court

A JILTED boyfriend forced a woman to drive to a secluded spot where she feared she was going to be killed, it has been alleged in court.

Damien Nembhard, 34, of Spa Road, Gloucester is accused of insisting Natasha Hoyle drive up a remote farm track where her mobile phone was taken off her and she was locked in, before a call was made to a friend to make her think she was going to be killed.

Nembhard faces charges of false imprisonment, assault, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

He appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Thursday, where prosecutor Sharon Jomaa said Miss Hoyle ended their relationship on Friday, December 6 after two years.

Miss Jomaa outlined claims from Miss Hoyle that Nembhard met her where she worked, before they drove to Tewkesbury, then up a farm track on the outskirts of Cheltenham on December 9.

She said Miss Hoyle told police she was locked in her car near Bamfurlong Lane and unable to get out. Nembhard is also accused of slapping her in the face.

“She said ‘I was frantic inside the car and I tried to get out through the back’,” said Miss Jomaa.

“She thought she was going to be killed.”

The court heard Nembhard told police in interview he could not get hold of her on the phone, and because he wanted to surprise her, he met her from work.

His solicitor said Nembhard told police she was not under threat as there were a lot of officers at Tewkesbury because of a road accident there, and he offered to leave her in Bamfurlong Lane. He denied assaulting her.

No pleas have been entered at this stage.

Nembhard was remanded in custody until January 24, when he will appear at Gloucester Crown Court.