Man jailed for controlling and sexually abusing woman

|News, Sexual offences , Domestic abuse

A 60-year-old man was jailed on 17 April 2018 for seven years at Stafford Crown Court after he was found guilty of controlling and sexually assaulting his victim.

Frank Cochran would threaten to confiscate the victim’s mobile phone and her fuel card and withhold money from her if she disobeyed him or did not do what he wanted.

The defendant had isolated the victim from her family and friends and later, in order to intimidate and control her, he would threaten to use a taser on her if she did not do what he wanted.

In 2016, the victim fled the abusive relationship and informed the police of what Cochran was doing to her.

The defendant was arrested and following a two-week trial he was found guilty of assault by penetration, putting a person in fear of violence by harassment and controlling or coercive behaviour.

Kanwal Juss, from the CPS, said: “I would first like to pay tribute to the victim in this prosecution who has helped us to bring this defendant to justice.

“Over a lengthy period of time Frank Cochran subjected the victim to extreme mental and physical abuse. He has tried to control most aspects of her life which also included threatening her with a taser and belittling her in front of family and friends.

“We encourage anyone who is in an abusive relationship to report the matter to the police. Controlling and coercive behaviour takes many forms and should not be tolerated.

“The Crown Prosecution Service views matters like this with the utmost gravity and, in conjunction with our partner agencies, we will work to support you throughout the prosecution process.”    

Notes to editors

  • Frank Cochran (DOB: 20/02/1958) was found guilty of:
    • assault by penetration, contrary to section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003;
    • putting a person in fear of violence by harassment, contrary to section 4(1) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; and
    • controlling or coercive behaviour, contrary to section 76(1) and (11) of the Serious Crime Act 2015.
  • Kanwal Juss is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit.

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