The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced the conviction of a 21 year-old for ‘controlling or coercive’ behaviour.
The man received six months in prison at Liverpool Magistrates Court for breaching Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act, which came into force at the end of last year and made such behaviour in an “intimate or family relationship” illegal for the first time.
The magistrates also imposed a two year restraining order on the man.
CPS Lawyer Karen Renshall said controlling behaviour can have a major “psychological and emotional” effect on victims, and that no one has the right to restrict another’s freedom.
“[The convicted man] controlled every aspect of his victim’s life. He prevented her from seeing her friends and questioned where she had been if she came in late. He stopped the victim from using her mobile phone and controlled her social media, such as making her delete friends on Facebook.”
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