Sunderland domestic abuser sent back to jail after breaching court order - six days after he was ordered to stay away from his victim

A domestic abuser is back behind bars after breaching a court order within six days of receiving it.

Graham Carling, 57, has been jailed after repeatedly contacting his victim and violating a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) handed to him on Tuesday, April 14.

Such orders prevent an offender from returning to a residence and from having contact with a victim.

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But Carling, of Roseberry Street in Sunderland, ignored the order less than a week after receiving it.

Graham Carling has been jailed for 21 days.Graham Carling has been jailed for 21 days.
Graham Carling has been jailed for 21 days.

He was arrested by officers and brought back before the court.

Carling was jailed for 21 days by magistrates in North Tyneside this week and will be handed further restrictions upon his release from custody.

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Detective Chief Inspector Claire Wheatley welcomed the sentence, which was handed down on Tuesday, April 21, and hopes it reassures other victims that police are taking action, and that there is support available for those who need it.

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She said: “This is the latest in a number of recent prison sentences handed out following DVPO breaches, as we continue to protect victims and bring those who flout the law to justice.

“This outcome only strengthens our robust stance against all domestic abuse and those who believe they are above the law. If these court orders are breached we will make arrests and we will bring those offenders to court.

“I want to reach out to other victims to come forward, we know recent lockdown restrictions can have an impact of victims of domestic abuse and we are working alongside partners to provide constant support to those who need it.

“We are here, we are listening and we are ready to help.”

If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, contact Northumbria Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency, or visit the Tell us Something pages of the force website.

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Victims can also contact Victims First Northumbria, who will give independent advice and support, on 0800 011 3116 and search for domestic abuse advice through Northumbria Police online.

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