Hartlepool man warned he could be jailed for controlling behaviour against woman for 10 months

A Hartlepool man has been warned he could be jailed for controlling behaviour against a women he was in a relationship with.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 11:12 am

Mark Andrew Street, 43, pleaded guilty to the charge of controlling or coercive behaviour at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Particulars of the charge are that he demanded money, restricted access to the woman’s vehicle, was verbally abusive to her, and demanded to know her whereabouts.

It took place between December 12 last year and October 16 of this year.

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The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.
The case was heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

The court heard his actions had a serious effect on the victim including feeling suicidal. The judge said some of the behaviour was carried out in the presence of children.

District Judge Kristina Harrison said: “There is persistent action over a long period and the use of multiple methods of controlling or coercive behaviour.

“And there’s also some humiliation of the victim.”

Street, of Melrose Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to the charge at an earlier appearance and returned to court to be sentenced after a probation report had been prepared.

But District Judge Kristina Harrison sent the case to the crown court as she felt her powers did not match the severity of the crime.

“This is a serious matter where you can receive a substantial prison sentence,” she said.

“My view is this courts powers are insufficient.”

Nick Woodhouse, defending, said: “He understands the position he is in.”

The case was committed to the crown court on a date to be fixed and Street was granted bail with conditions.