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CPS North East - Domestic Abuse Prosecutions - April 2021

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Below are some examples of Domestic Abuse cases successfully prosecuted by CPS North East in April 2021, notwithstanding the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Defendant was convicted of breaching a restraining order after he attended the address of his ex-partner, banged on her door and verbally abused her. As he was subject to a recent community order for other matters, the court sentenced him to a twelve month conditional discharge and fined him £40.

The Defendant was convicted of burglary of his ex-partner's home after the breakup of their relationship. He was sentenced to eight months’ immediate custody. A restraining order was imposed for five years.

The Defendant was convicted of three counts of assault by beating for assaulting his wife over a period of three days. The victim was allowed to give evidence at trial over a TV link and, on her attendance, the defendant changed his plea to guilty. He was sentenced to a community order for 18 months with rehabilitation activities. A restraining order was imposed for two years.

The Defendant was convicted of unlawful wounding after he stabbed his brother in a drunken argument. He was sentenced at the Crown Court to 14 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years with a curfew and rehabilitation activities to include an alcohol treatment programme.

The Defendant was convicted of criminal damage and driving with excess alcohol after she drove whilst in drink to the address of her ex-partner and gouged his motor vehicle with a knife. She was sentenced to a twelve-month community order with a ten-week curfew and disqualified from driving for 14 months.

The Defendant was convicted of harassment and witness intimidation after he sent numerous unwanted texts and calls to his ex-partner and attended her address over a period of days. He then followed this up with further messages designed to intimidate her from continuing with her complaint to police. He was sentenced after trial to 24 weeks’ imprisonment.

The Defendant was convicted of harassment after persistent unwanted messaging of his ex-partner, and repeated visits to her home. He was sentenced to a community order for twelve months with rehabilitation activities and unpaid work. A restraining order was made for twelve months.

The Defendant was convicted of harassment after he sent numerous unwanted texts, what’s app messages and made unwanted calls to his ex-partner and her family. He was sentenced to twelve weeks’ imprisonment. An indefinite restraining order was imposed.

The Defendant was convicted of threats to cause criminal damage after he attended the address of his ex-partner and threatened to burn down the house. Witnesses attended trial in person and via TV link from another location. Upon the attendance of witnesses the defendant pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months with rehabilitation activity requirements. A restraining order was made for five years.

The Defendant was convicted of assault by beating and assault causing actual bodily harm after he on two occasions assaulted his ex-partner, pushing her down some stairs and grabbing her by the throat. He was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months with rehabilitation activities and unpaid work. A restraining order was made for three years.

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