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First man charged in Leeds under new domestic abuse legislation

The new legislation came into force last week.

Officers in Leeds have charged a man under new legislation introduced earlier this month to protect domestic abuse victims.

In what has been described as a first for West Yorkshire Police, an 18-year-old man from Leeds was charged with section 47 assault, non-fatal strangulation following an incident which took place at an address in Wortley on 9 June.

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

The charge follows the creation of a new offence under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 which was introduced nationally on 7 June 2022.

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.

“The new law carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment which reflects the serious nature of these kinds 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.”

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