The man who was arrested after a woman was shot dead in a hostage incident in Dartford had a history of abusing women. 

Hayley Burke, 36, died in hospital of injuries caused by a handgun after a disturbance at a home in Priory Road on May 6. 

Armed police were called to the scene at around midday as a trained negotiator tried to engage with a man inside the property. 

Jacob Cloke was also found with an injury caused by a firearm. The 29-year-old was taken to hospital with critical injuries and died four days later. He was arrested before his death. 

KentOnline has revealed that Cloke was facing several charges relating to abuse against Ms Burke. 

These include three counts of assault by beating against Ms Burke on February 24 and April 18 this year, and assault causing actual bodily harm against Ms Burke on February 28, 2022. 

He was also facing a charge of theft after he allegedly stole a pair of trainers in Dartford on April 24 this year. 

KentOnline also reported that Cloke was previously jailed for two years in 2021 after pleading guilty to assaulting another woman. 

An investigation into both deaths will now be led by the coroner. 

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate will assist the coronial process. 

Terry Beaton, who has no fixed address, was arrested on May 9 and has been charged with possession of a Smith and Wesson revolver. 

The 28-year-old was also charged with possessing cannabis with intent to supply and driving while disqualified and without insurance. 

Tributes have since been paid to Hayley with flowers and handwritten notes left at the scene of the incident. 

One of the notes read: “Hayley, RIP beautiful, gone too soon, fly high, love Mana.”