Record amount of domestic abuse

Noel Alfonso Forrester
Noel Alfonso Forrester
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Police officers in South Yorkshire referred a record number of domestic violence cases to the Crown Prosecution Service, resulting in the highest ever number of people being charged.

CPS figures for last year show that 2,551 cases were referred by the police and 1,890 - nearly 75 per cent - led to a charge.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalie Shaw, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We are committed to tackling domestic violence and bringing perpetrators to courts.

“All officers are trained in the investigation of domestic violence so when we receive a report we collect and preserve any evidence, as well as conducting a full and thorough investigation in order to bring a solid case to the CPS for prosecution. We have a dedicated team of officers to provide support to victims.”

There were 1,766 prosecutions last year - up 26.3 per cent on the year before.

Of those prosecutions, 77 per cent resulted in convictions.

DCI Shaw added: “While the high conviction rate is a tremendous success for the CPS in our region, it is also testament to the hard work of our officers in bringing cases of domestic violence forwards for prosecution.

“That conviction rates nationally are at an all-time high hopefully reassures victims of domestic violence and is encouraging, as it demonstrates the faith the public have in the police across the UK to find justice for victims of domestic violence.”

Noel Alfonso Forrester, aged 49, was jailed for 10 years after being convicted of a string of violent attacks on his former girlfriend, now 41.

Police said the woman is lucky to be alive after a catalogue of assaults in which Forrester bit off half her lip, broke her, stabbed her in the arm and struck her in the eye with a mobile phone.

Forrester was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and inflicting GBH.