Leeds man charged with non-fatal strangulation under new domestic abuse law in first for West Yorkshire Police

An 18-year-old Leeds man has been charged with non-fatal strangulation under a new law to protect domestic abuse victims.

By Abbey Maclure
Friday, 17th June 2022, 12:58 pm
Updated Friday, 17th June 2022, 1:01 pm

A first for West Yorkshire Police, the man was charged over an incident which took place at a property in Wortley on June 9.

Appearing before Leeds Magistrates on June 10, the man has been conditionally bailed until a further court hearing on July 20.

The charge of non-fatal strangulation, under section 47 assault, follows the creation of a new offence under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 which was introduced nationally earlier this month.

The charge of non-fatal strangulation, under section 47 assault, follows the creation of a new offence under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (stock image)

DCI Sarah Lambert of Leeds District Police, said: “Our officers have secured this charge under the new legislation introduced last week which is aimed at tackling domestic abuse.

“West Yorkshire Police is committed to using its powers to tackle abuse of this kind, including those involving non-fatal strangulation.

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“The new law carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment which reflects the serious nature of these kind of offences. Non-fatal strangulation can be very dangerous and results in potentially very traumatic experiences for victims.

“We are committed to investigating the perpetrators of domestic violence and also using this legislation to tackle violence against women and girls.”