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CPS North East - Domestic abuse prosecutions - December 2020

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Below are some examples of Domestic Abuse cases successfully prosecuted by CPS North East in December 2020, notwithstanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The defendant was convicted of stalking and breaching restraining orders after he sent sexually explicit messages and calls to several female victims. He was sentenced to 36 weeks’ imprisonment.

The defendant was convicted of criminal damage and stalking after he sent numerous unwanted messages to the victim, attended her home, monitored her e-mails, placed a tracker on her phone and cameras in her home before finally causing damage to her car. He was sentenced to a Community Order for 24 months with rehabilitation activities. A restraining order was made for 48 months.

The defendant was convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm. The court found he had assaulted his partner by multiple blows to face and body and was in possession of a knife which he used to threaten her. He was sentenced at the Crown Court to 20 months’ imprisonment. A restraining order was imposed for a period of ten years.

The defendant was convicted of assault after he pushed his partner, grabbed her by the arms and punched her to the face. During the life of the case the victim was supported by an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA), who attended the trial to support the victim, at which point the defendant pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to a fine of £270 and ordered to pay compensation of £125. A restraining order was imposed for 18 months.

The defendant was convicted after trial of assault and criminal damage when the court found he had punched, slapped and grabbed the throat of the victim and damaged her furniture following a verbal altercation. He was sentenced to a community order for 18 months and ordered to do unpaid work and compensate the victim in the sum of £100. A restraining order was imposed. 

The defendant was convicted of criminal damage following an altercation with his partner during which he broke the back door. He was sentenced to a fine of £50 and ordered to pay £20 compensation.

The defendant was convicted of assault by beating after he repeatedly punched his father-in-law to the face. He was also convicted of common assault and criminal damage in relation to his ex-partner on the same day, when he broke down her door to enter her home and proceeded to threaten her with beading from the broken door. He was sentenced to 24-month community order with unpaid work and rehabilitation activities and a fine of £461. He was ordered to pay compensation to both victims in a total sum of £200.

The defendant was convicted of a breach of restraining order when police located him hiding at the address of his ex-partner, which he was prohibited from attending. He was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment suspended for twelve months.

The defendant was convicted of criminal damage, possession of a bladed article and harassment causing fear of violence after he attended the address of a former partner brandishing an axe, kicked at the doors causing damage and damaged a car. He made numerous calls and left threatening messages. He was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months with rehabilitation activities. A restraining order was made for seven years.

The defendant was convicted of assault and criminal damage after a verbal altercation led to his repeated punches and kicks to the victim and grabbing her by the neck before punching a hole in the door. He was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months with rehabilitation activities. an order for compensation was made in the sum of £100. A restraining order was made for one year.

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