Local News & Archive — August 11, 2016 at 4:42 pm — Updated: August 11, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Man jailed for ‘controlling’ abusive relationship

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A Cheshire man whose relationship broke down after he tried to take control has been jailed for six months.

Kelvin Grimshaw from Sandbach admitted intimidating and abusing his partner, described in court as a ‘vulnerable’ mother-of-two. They broke up after two common assaults in Abergele in June, to which the 26 year-old also pleaded guilty.

Llandudno magistrates heard Grimshaw had been ‘horrible and insulting’ to his partner. He would not let her out of the house by herself and used £3,000 of her money to spend on smoking cannabis. At one point, he sent her a message on WhatsApp, saying he was not prepared to change his behaviour.

Grimshaw was arrested after a family visit to Llandudno, when she told him she wanted to break off the relationship. In a statement read to court, the woman said she screamed at others to call police – the defendant was ‘hammered’ and being abusive to her.

The defence said Grimshaw did not accept all the allegations made against him – he had stopped drinking and was working in scrap metal since the relationship broke up in June.

District judge Gwyn Jones told Grimshaw that he still had ”great difficulty in coming to terms with the fact the relationship was so unhealthy…you treated her as if she were your property, that she should do what you told her to do at your complete whim and discretion.”

The judge added that Grimshaw had used force on his partner, noting there were marks on her upper harm, and that she was too terrified to do anything, even with their children present. He also praised police officers for carrying out an ”extremely extensive” investigation into Grimshaw’s behaviour.

Grimshaw was jailed under a new law introduced at the end of last year, designed to reduce psychological bullying. The victims of abusive partners now have up to two years to report crimes rather than six months – and those who are caught for ‘coercive or controlling behaviour’ can face jail sentences of up to five years.

Grimshaw was also placed under a five year restraining order and must not approach the victim’s home in Abergele.


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