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Domestic abuse convictions - September 2020

|News, Domestic abuse

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

The Defendant was convicted of causing criminal damage after he threw a brick at his partner's window causing it to break. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation of £160.

The Defendant was convicted of harassment without violence for sending repeated unwanted abusive messages, some of which were of a threatening nature, to the victim. He was sentenced to a fine of £500. A restraining order for was imposed for two years.

The Defendant was convicted of assault after he grabbed his partner by the shoulders and pushed her to prevent her from leaving the house, forcibly removed the child from her arms, and grabbed her mobile out of her hand as she is talking to police. The case proceeded on the evidence of a third party when the victim refused to assist the prosecution. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge for six months.

The Defendant was convicted at the Crown Court of assault causing actual bodily harm. The prosecution was brought based on the body worn video footage of complaint after the victim refused to support the prosecution. The defendant had repeatedly punched the 15-year-old victim, pinned her to the floor and hit her with a piece of furniture. He was sentenced to a nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for twelve months, with rehabilitation activity requirements.

The Defendant was convicted of assault. The prosecution proceeded on police and other evidence when the victim failed to attend court to give her account. He was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment. A restraining order was imposed for a period of two years.

The Defendant was convicted at the Crown court of breaching a non-molestation order prohibiting any contact after he attempted to contact the victim via several texts and calls. He was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for twelve months, with rehabilitation activities. An indefinite restraining order was imposed.

The Defendant was convicted of sending a threatening message to his ex-partner. He was sentenced to 15 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation activity requirements. A restraining order was imposed for twelve months.

The Defendant was convicted of criminal damage and assault after he assaulted his partner in the home following an argument and the following day kicked the door in after she left his belongings outside and informed him the relationship was at an end. He was sentenced to a twelve-month community order with rehabilitation activities and unpaid work requirements.

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