A man jailed for assaulting his girlfriend has been handed an order which means he has to inform police when he has a new sexual partner in a bid to protect potential future victims.
On Thursday, 12 April, detectives from Hackney secured a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) at Wood Green Crown Court against Dean Purcell, 35 (29.04.82) who is serving a 12-month sentence for actual bodily harm and two counts of battery.
HHJ Noel Lucas QC ordered that for the next seven years, Purcell must, within 72 hours of the third occasion on which he has any sexual activity with a woman, provide to the police sufficient details to permit them to make immediate contact with the woman in question.
It is believed that this is only the fourth CBO to be handed out in England and Wales in a domestic violence case - the first and second were also secured by detectives in Hackney last year.
Purcell and the victim, aged in her 30s, had recently resumed their relationship after breaking-up in July 2017. They moved into a flat in Hackney and Purcell was attending domestic violence meetings.
However, shortly after moving in together, Purcell started to assault the victim, initially by name calling and slapping and he became extremely controlling over her.
On 14 November 2017, just after midnight, Purcell and the victim were driving home when an argument broke out, which resulted in Purcell pulling the victim’s hair and biting her right ear.
A little later, they went to bed but after five minutes, Purcell started accusing the victim of having sex with other men. He then pounced on her and covered her mouth and nose with both his hands.
After the assault, they went to sleep and woke-up at about 09:00hrs. Purcell then started to accuse the victim again of being unfaithful. He went into the kitchen, brought back a handful of tablets, put them in his mouth and threatened to take an overdose unless the victim told the truth.
The victim re-assured Purcell and he spat the tablets out. He then went back to the kitchen, picked up a knife and said he would kill her and them himself unless she told him the truth. The victim once again re-assured Purcell and he put the knife back.
The victim felt unable to leave because of his behaviour and past experiences of him: when she had asked to leave before, Purcell had threatened to stab her and then himself. He had also threatened the same whenever the victim wanted to call the police. By chance, a benefits welfare officer visited the address. The victim was too afraid of Purcell to tell them what had happened. The victim asked Purcell if she could take a bath to stay out of the way, Purcell took her phone from her.
While Purcell was distracted by the benefits welfare officer, the victim climbed out the bathroom window in her dressing gown, ran to their local shop and asked someone to call the police.
Purcell was arrested by officers that same day and was charged the next day, 15 November 2017.
On Thursday, 15 March, Purcell pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court to actual bodily harm and two counts of battery. Charges of false imprisonment, threats to kill, and a third count of battery were left to lie on file.
He was sentenced on the same day to 12 months’ imprisonment. He was also handed a restraining order, to protect the victim from him.
The CBO he was handed on Thursday, 12 April will be in place for seven years, and was made under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Detective Sergeant Ian Cleghorn, from Central East BCU Community Safety Unit, said: "I’m pleased we were able to secure the order in this case. We intend to use it to prevent Purcell from victimising others in the future. This order means that through Clare’s Law, we will be able to inform any of his future partners of this offending and take steps to protect them.
"Purcell’s victim was subjected to a horrendous ordeal by him. She has shown incredible bravery, not only by having the courage to escape him, but also in supporting the investigation. I hope Purcell being behind bars and thereafter subject to closer scrutiny will give her a measure of closure and reassurance.
"I hope this outcome encourages other victims of domestic abuse to have the courage to come forward and talk to us. It demonstrates that the Met takes domestic abuse very seriously."