Man sentenced for domestic violence

27/01/2017

A 24 year old man has today been given a 12 month community Order with 70 hours unpaid work at Workington magistrates' court for assaulting his partner and causing criminal damage at her home in Workington on 18th September 2016.

He must also attend 15 Rehabilitation Activity days, a Building Better Relationships Programme and pay £215 costs and £85 Victim Surcharge.

Mark Bell was found guilty earlier this week following a trial in which the victim didn't give evidence.

Pamela Fee, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "Mark Bell had attended a christening with his partner and had been drinking throughout the day.  After being sent home in a taxi by his friends for being aggressive towards other guests, he turned his aggression on his partner.  He pushed the victim around the house then smeared blood all over her and her property.

"As the victim did not give evidence at the trial, we decided that securing a conviction against Mark Bell would offer her the best protection against any potential further domestic abuse. We therefore applied to the court for the 999 tape and police bodycam footage to be played in her absence at the trial. The magistrates, after considering this evidence, found him guilty of assaulting her by pushing and shoving her around the house, covering her face and body in his blood and causing damage to furniture with his blood.

"In many cases victims are understandably anxious about attending court to give evidence. In the majority of cases the best evidence is from the victim in person and we would urge victims of domestic abuse to report to the police and attend court if asked to do so, but whenever there is sufficient evidence we will make every effort to proceed to trial and bring offenders to court.

"The CPS and police take all cases of domestic violence extremely seriously and will support victims in every way possible throughout the process, whilst doing all in our power to bring the perpetrators before the courts."