A man from Middlestown has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after confessing to a nine-month period of controlling and coercive behaviour towards a woman.

Paul Anthony Rosso, 37, residing on Back Lane, Middlestown, Wakefield, had previously admitted to one charge of engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, along with two counts of common assault. He appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday, 26th September, for his sentencing.

The offences took place between 2022 and 2023, during which Rosso exerted control over various aspects of the victim’s life. This included dictating her choice of clothing and compelling her to lower her head in public. Additionally, he physically assaulted her, even going so far as to tear her clothing in a public setting.

PC Becky Thompson, of Wakefield Adult Safeguarding Unit, said: “The victim has shown immense bravery in leaving this controlling relationship and reporting what has happened to her to the police. The courage she has shown has assisted in convicting a violent offender.

“I hope that the result brought justice and provided reassurance to the complainant which can assist her and her family to look to the future positively.

“In addition, I hope that the outcome of this case will encourage victims of domestic abuse to come forward knowing that they will be listened to and supported.”

West Yorkshire Police is dedicated to establishing an environment where women and girls can feel and be secure throughout the county, devoid of fear and harassment. Anyone with information regarding any form of domestic abuse is urged to come forward, be it as the victim or as a concerned family member, friend, or colleague.