CPS North East - Domestic Abuse Prosecutions - June 2022
Below are some examples of Domestic Abuse cases successfully prosecuted by CPS North East in June 2022.
Despite a previous restraining order, the defendant continued to contact his ex-partner, assaulting her on one occasion and causing her significant distress by his behaviour over a protracted period. He was convicted of multiple breaches of a restraining order, breach of a stalking protection order, stalking involving serious alarm or distress, and assault. He sent her excessive abusive messages, searching through social media about her, contacting her friends and family, attending her home address, and searching around the area looking for her. He was sentenced to 75 months’ imprisonment. An indefinite restraining order was made.
The defendant was convicted of stalking after he pursued a campaign against his ex-partner of harassing messages, threatening phone calls, repeated unwanted visits to her home, and multiple calls to others making indirect threats towards her. He was sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment. An indefinite restraining order was already in place.
The defendant was convicted of stalking involving serious alarm or distress after he repeatedly attended his ex-partners new address uninvited, repeatedly called her mobile and her place of work and made threats over the phone. He was sentenced to a community order for 18 months with rehabilitation activities. A restraining order was made for two years.
The defendant was convicted of sending malicious and threatening communications to his stepsister via WhatsApp. He was sentenced to a fine of £135 and ordered to pay compensation in the sum of £200.
The defendant was convicted of battery and sending a malicious communication after he assaulted his partner and her friend and then made a threating phone call. He was sentenced to a community order for 24 months with rehabilitation activities and unpaid work. Compensation was ordered in the sum of £100.
The defendant was convicted of breaching a restraining order after he entered his ex-partner’s street from which he was prohibited. The case proceeded on the evidence of police when the victim refused to support the prosecution.
He was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment.
The defendant was convicted of sending a menacing communication and making threats to kill his mother after he sent numerous abusive text messages, some of them racially abusive and threatening violence. He was sentenced to a community order for 14 months with rehabilitation activities and unpaid work.
The defendant was convicted of breaching a restraining order and assaulting his ex-partner after he attended her address and punched her to the head causing bruising. The victim retracted her account, but the case was able to proceed on other supporting evidence. The conviction put the defendant in breach of an earlier suspended sentence which was activated. He was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment. An indefinite restraining order was in place.
The defendant was convicted of assault after punching and pushing her male partner outside a pub. The victim did not wish to make a complaint, but the case was captured on CCTV and was able to proceed on this evidence. She was sentenced to a fine of £120.
The defendant was convicted of harassment of her Grandmother after she regularly went to her address uninvited over a period of weeks, asking for money and making threats to cause damage and self-harm if the victim refused to pay her. She was sentenced to a 12-month community order with rehabilitation activities. A restraining order was imposed for two years.