A 43-YEAR-OLD man has become the first person in Brighton to be jailed for breaching a new domestic violence order.

Kahal Sene, of Sillwood Road, Brighton, was on Tuesday jailed for 28 days after trying to contact his victim in breach of a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) given on July 4.

DVPOs were introduced in June to give police new powers to protect domestic violence victims.

Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes, who leads the Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said Sene’s jailing “gives the victim some breathing space to decide what she wants to do and get any support she needs.”

He added: “This new law is all about protecting the victim and giving them that time away from an abusive relationship.

"Sene has been persistently abusive towards this woman for many years and this new law is helping to stop his behaviour and helps us protect and support her."

"We take all calls about domestic abuse extremely seriously and the very fact that Sene has been sent to prison for breach of the order shows we will do all we can to protect the victim.”

Fourteen DVPOs have been handed out in Sussex.