Abusive partner who smashed phones and held social media passwords convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour

13/09/2017

An abusive partner who used violence and smashed up phones to intimidate and dominate an ex-partner has been convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour, assault and four counts of criminal damage.

Carl Gallyer, 37, was convicted after a one-day trial at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today (13 September).

Safira Afzal, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "Carl Gallyer used violence against his victim to frighten and intimidate her. He smashed her mobile phones on four separate occasions as part of a repeated pattern of coercive behaviour over many months.

"He refused to let her see her friends, checked her bank transactions, and held her social media passwords, all to control her in an abusive relationship.

"His behaviour caused her to become isolated, fearful and she was even bullied into withdrawing an earlier assault complaint to police.

"This is exactly the pattern of behaviour that the offence of controlling and coercive behaviour aims to target and eradicate".

Gallyer is due to be sentenced on 19 September.

You can find more information about controlling or coercive behaviour on the CPS website.

Notes:

Carl Gallyer, (27/10/1980) of Kings Farm Avenue, Richmond, was found guilty of:

1/ Criminal damage between 01/04/2016 and 30/05/2016 at Richmond without lawful excuse, damaged a Sony xperia mobile phone to the value of under £5,000 intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged

2/ Engage in controlling/coercive behaviour in an intimate/family relationship (01/01/2016 - 21/11/2016) repeatedly or continuously engaged in behaviour which was controlling or coercive, namely damaging her phones, assaulted her, checked her bank transactions, refused to let her see her friends, to whom at the time of the behaviour you were personally connected in that she was your partner, that behaviour having a serious effect on her and you knew or ought to have known that the behaviour would have a serious effect on her

3/ Common assault on 19/11/2016 at Richmond by beating her

4/ Criminal damage to property valued under £5,000 between 01/06/2016 and 30/06/2016 at Richmond without lawful excuse, damaged a Samsung mobile phone intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged

5/ Criminal damage to property valued under £5,000 between 01/08/2016 and 31/08/2016 at Richmond without lawful excuse, damaged a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone, intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged

He admitted:

6/ Criminal damage to property valued under £5,000 on 07/10/2016 at Richmond without lawful excuse, damaged a Samsung xperia mobile phone, intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged