Domestic abuse and stalking prosecutions - August 2020
Below are some examples of Domestic abuse Stalking and Harassment cases recently successfully prosecuted by CPS North East, notwithstanding the Covid 19 pandemic.
- The Defendant was convicted of stalking after he installed a tracking device on the victim’s phone, sending her unwanted messages and gifts over a significant period. He was sentenced to twelve weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, alongside a two year community order with rehabilitation activities and a requirement to attend a Building Better Relationships Program. A two year restraining order was imposed.
- The Defendant was convicted of stalking after he sent upwards of 60 unwanted texts and calls to the victim and subsequently forced his way into her home. He was sentenced to and 18-month community order with rehabilitation requirements and fined £120. A restraining order was also imposed.
- The Defendant was convicted of harassment without violence and of malicious communications for sending repeated unwanted messages some of which were of a threatening nature to the victim. He was sentenced to seven weeks’ imprisonment. A restraining order for two years was imposed.
- The Defendant was convicted of Harassment without violence and of breaching a restraining order when he sent over 400 voicemails to the complainant’s phone, some of which were abusive. He also accepted turning up at her address. He was sentenced at the Crown Court to ten months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation requirements and a three-month curfew. A restraining order for two years was also imposed.
- The Defendant was convicted of stalking causing serious alarm and distress when he persisted in sending unwanted messages to the complainant via a series of different social media platforms and conventional messaging, causing her to take avoidance measures. He was sentenced to a twelve-month Community Order with rehabilitation requirements.
- The Defendant was convicted of criminal damage and stalking involving fear of violence after she broke a window at the address of a former partner, repeatedly phoned her, posted offensive remarks via Facebook, delivered unwanted handwritten letters, approached her in the street and assaulted her more than once.
- She was sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment, which was suspended for twelve months with rehabilitation requirements and ordered to pay compensation of £200. A restraining order was imposed for a period of five years.
- The Defendant was convicted of criminal damage and harassment without violence after he threw a brick through the window of his ex-partner and sent her a number of abusive texts and tried to contact her through a third party. He was sentenced to eight weeks' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation activities and a three-month curfew. A restraining order was imposed for two years.
- The Defendant was convicted of Harassment without violence, after he repeatedly attended his ex-partner’s address unannounced and was abusive. He was also convicted of assault and criminal damage for assaulting her on separate occasion and smashing her mobile phone. He was sentenced to a twelve-month community order with unpaid work requirements and ordered to pay compensation of £300. A restraining order was imposed for twelve months.