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CPS North East - Domestic abuse prosecutions - January 2021

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

The defendant was convicted of controlling coercive behaviour and assault causing actual bodily harm. During the course of the relationship the complainant had suffered a number of physical assaults at the hands of the defendant, but also suffered emotional abuse in the form of criticism, insults and financial pressures due to the defendant controlling her bank account and making demands for monies. He was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation activity requirements. A restraining order was imposed for five years.

The defendant was convicted after trial of assault after he grabbed his partner by the coat and dragged her, taking her keys and her phone. She fled with the children to a neighbour until police arrived. He was sentenced to a twelve-month Community Order with rehabilitation activities.

The defendant was convicted of sending threatening messages after he phoned and texted the victim, threatening violence over childcare issues. He was sentenced to a Community Order for twelve months with drug and other rehabilitation activities.

The defendant was convicted at the Crown Court of assault causing actual bodily harm after an argument with the victim culminated in him taking her in a chokehold, wrestling her to the floor and hitting her across the face with a bottle. He was sentenced to immediate custody for nine months. A restraining order was imposed for five years.

The defendant was convicted of battery and criminal damage after he grabbed his partner by the wrists on two occasions causing bruising and threw her mobile phone causing it to break. The case proceeded on other evidence when the victim refused to assist the prosecution. He was sentenced to a fine of £40 and a compensation order of £150.

The defendant was convicted of battery and taking a vehicle without consent after he assaulted his partner to the face and kicked her to the leg whilst on the floor, he then took her car. He was sentenced to a twelve-month community order with rehabilitation activities and a compensation order.

The defendant was convicted of breach of restraining order after he tried to contact the victim in breach of the terms of the order. He had searched Facebook to locate her and then sent a friend request. He was sentenced to a fine of £80 and the existing period of the restraining order was extended.

The defendant was convicted of harassment after he had repeatedly sent unwanted messages to an ex-partner, on one occasion sending 100 in one night. He was sentenced to a fine of £120. A restraining order was made for twelve months.

The defendant was convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour, threats to kill and battery. During a relatively short relationship the victim had been subjected to repeated verbal abuse, told what she could and could not wear, the defendant constantly checking her phone and assaulting her. This culminated in an altercation in which the defendant punched her to the face and threatened to kill her. He was sentenced at the Crown Court to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with unpaid work and rehabilitation activity requirements. A restraining order was made for two years.

The defendant was convicted of battery after he assaulted his disabled ex-partner, tipping her from her wheelchair. He was sentenced to a Community Order for 30 months, with rehabilitation activity requirements and a fine of £250. A compensation order was made in favour of the victim and a restraining order for two years was imposed.

The defendant was convicted of theft of monies from his mother and grandfather in excess of £9,000 over a period of months. He was sentenced to 52 weeks’ imprisonment and a compensation order in the sum of £1000.

The defendant was convicted at Crown Court of assault causing actual bodily harm after a sustained assault on his partner which included blows to the head and body and a bite to her face. He was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. The victim had withdrawn her support for the prosecution, but the case was capable of proceeding on other evidence.

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