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Controlling partner faces jail

A man is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to coercive and controlling behaviour offences.

Jamie Lee Poulter, of London Road, Gloucester, received his sentence at Cheltenham Magistrates Court this week.

The 27-year-old was ordered to serve five months in prison for engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour and received an indefinite restraining order preventing him from making contact with his ex-partner.

Sergeant Christopher Scott, from Gloucestershire Constabulary's criminal investigations department, said: "The victim in this case was a vulnerable young woman who the offender has coerced and manipulated so that she would not leave him after only a short relationship.

"He restricted her access to friends and others before subjecting her to an upsetting ordeal within her own home. The use of knifes and bladed articles in this case is particularly concerning and commanded the attention of the court.

"This kind of abuse is a priority for us and I am delighted to have been able to deliver justice for the victim in the form of a custodial sentence and protection for her moving forward by way of an indefinite restraining order."

Gloucestershire Constabulary views coercive and controlling behaviour as having clear links to domestic abuse - something it stresses is "a force priority".

To view the Police and Crime Plan's 'Safer days and nights for all' priority, information about coercive control and different forms of abuse visit www.glostakeastand.com .

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