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Cloke ‘held ex at gunpoint in stand off with armed police’

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Jacob Coke

Jacob Cloke, 29, was on life support in a hospital and passed away last Thursday, following a stand off with armed police on May 6 that left Hayley Burke, 36, dead. The scaffolder who allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend during a hostage siege and later died was facing multiple accusations of domestic violence.

Mum-of-two Hayley died at her residence in Dartford, Kent, after being shot by Cloke. Armed officers and a trained negotiator were dispatched to the scene, but Ms. Burke was shot and died two days later in a hospital in London. Thursday evening, police verified that Cloke, 29, also passed away from his injuries.

Since then, it has come to light that Cloke was charged with multiple counts of mistreating Ms. Burke, having previously been incarcerated for assaulting another woman. She felt intimidated after the cocaine addict attempted to suffocate her over a mobile phone dispute, as evidenced by certain facts.

In February of the previous year, he threatened to murder Ms. Burke by grabbing her by the throat and knocking her out. The former manager of a pub awakened to discover him jostling her; he denied assaulting her, claiming she had fallen. After a few days of feeling ill, the mother of two went to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, where physicians discovered a cerebral haemorrhage.

Cloke's ex Hayley Burke
Hayley Burke //FACEBOOK

The couple began dating in December 2020 and were engaged at one point, but the relationship deteriorated after he changed after his stint in prison.

On Tuesday, April 18, the scaffolder allegedly showed up at her residence and, later that evening, entered her bedroom, slamming the door and refusing to let her leave. He became aggressive, threatened to break the puppy’s feet, and spat in her face as he attempted to steal her dog.

Cloke, who previously resided in Maidstone, Sittingbourne, Kent, and Orpington, South East London, denied any wrongdoing and departed the residence. The next morning, he returned, leaving Ms. Burke frightened and feeling vulnerable, so she contacted the police, and Cloke was subsequently apprehended.

Cloke’s criminal career began at the age of 14, when he was brought before the Medway Juvenile Court and sentenced to prison for a variety of offences. Over the next few years, he committed a series of driving offences, including stealing and driving away, driving without insurance, and driving without a licence.

Armed officers responding to Cloke
Officers at the property on Priory Road //PA

By May 2010, he had moved on to burglaries, followed by drunk driving, robbery, and criminal damage in subsequent years. Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, he was charged with possessing a designated combat dog in September 2015.

Recent allegations he faced against Ms. Burke included assault by striking on February 24 in Sheerness and assault on April 18 in Dartford. In addition, he was charged with stealing a pair of footwear in Dartford on April 24 and assaulting Ms Burke in Dartford on February 28.

Locals describing heard police storm Cloke incident
Locals described how police stormed the property as they heard gunshots //PA

Cloke was sentenced to two years in prison in 2021 for assaulting another woman in October of the previous year. The Maidstone Crown Court heard that he struck her while she was holding their child and threatened to “put the baby in the ground” if she called the police; however, a charge of making death threats was subsequently withdrawn.

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