A man from Middlestown has been incarcerated following his admission to a nine-month long pattern of controlling and coercive conduct towards a woman.
Paul Anthony Rosso, aged 37, residing on Back Lane in Middlestown, Wakefield, had previously pleaded guilty to one charge of engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and two counts of common assault. On Tuesday, September 26, he appeared at Leeds Crown Court and was subsequently sentenced to 27 months in prison.
These offences transpired between 2022 and 2023, during which Rosso exerted control over several aspects of the victim’s life, dictating what she could wear and compelling her to keep her head down in public. Additionally, he subjected her to physical assault, even tearing her clothing in a public setting.
PC Becky Thompson, a member of the Wakefield Adult Safeguarding Unit, remarked,
“The victim displayed immense courage by escaping this controlling relationship and reporting the incidents to the police. Her bravery was pivotal in securing the conviction of a violent offender.”
“I trust that this outcome has delivered justice and offered reassurance to the victim, aiding her and her family in looking ahead with optimism. Moreover, I hope this case sets a precedent for other victims of domestic abuse, assuring them that their voices will be heard and they will receive support.”