Darlington domestic abuse victim attacked again, despite restraining order

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlington Magistrates Court Darlington Magistrates Court

A RESTRAINING order failed to stop a domestic abuser from attacking his victim again, a court heard today.

Mark Irwin Crang, 47, attacked his ex-girlfriend just weeks after being handed a restraining order relating to domestic abuse against the same woman.

Darlington Magistrates Court heard that he breached the order – made in October - by accepting her invitation to her home.

Chris Wood, prosecuting, said that Crang – of The Byway, Darlington - had fallen asleep on a sofa and was woken by his victim, who became angry after finding texts from other women on his phone.

During the row that followed, Crang wrapped his legs around the woman’s shoulders in move that left her fearing for her life – though he claimed he was trying to restrain her.

Neighbours who heard the woman screaming called police and Crang admitted breaching his restraining order.

Stephanie Thompson, mitigating, said: “He fully accepts his wrongdoing and should not have gone round there.”

Judge Adrian Lower handed Crang a 12 month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also made to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.

Judge Lower said: “It is not for you to decide whether or not you comply with court orders.

“The court expects orders to be obeyed.

“Have no doubt, if you breach it in the future, custody will be uppermost in the mind of the courts, to bring home to you and to send a strong message to others that there will be consequences if you breach a court order.”

The court also heard that Crang’s victim had refused to give a statement to the police, telling officers that there was no point complaining as, despite asking for help before, she had been attacked again.

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7:34pm Tue 10 Dec 13

maclaren says...

?????? Why did she invite him to her home ??????????
?????? Why did she invite him to her home ?????????? maclaren

7:54am Wed 11 Dec 13

oliviaden6 says...

There are idiots and idiots and some women will never learn. Also there a some women know nothing else???? and as far as i am concerned any man who raises his hands to hit a woman is not a man!
There are idiots and idiots and some women will never learn. Also there a some women know nothing else???? and as far as i am concerned any man who raises his hands to hit a woman is not a man! oliviaden6

12:10pm Wed 11 Dec 13

JJ2000 says...

Restraining orders are not worth the paper they're written on.
People who are issued with RO's are often of the mindset that they own the victim and consider the order to have no relevance.
Restraining orders are not worth the paper they're written on. People who are issued with RO's are often of the mindset that they own the victim and consider the order to have no relevance. JJ2000

1:28pm Wed 11 Dec 13

behonest says...

Perhaps he needs an 'enhanced restraining order', or a 'compliance order'. One of those should do the trick.

Maybe if he kills her, we could then consider a few months in jail?
Perhaps he needs an 'enhanced restraining order', or a 'compliance order'. One of those should do the trick. Maybe if he kills her, we could then consider a few months in jail? behonest

1:43pm Wed 11 Dec 13

kristal27 says...

behonest wrote:
Perhaps he needs an 'enhanced restraining order', or a 'compliance order'. One of those should do the trick.

Maybe if he kills her, we could then consider a few months in jail?
hang on...the stupid woman invited him into her home despite knowing he had caused her physical violence in the past. She, let him sleep on the sofa, checked his mobile while he was sleeping then threw a wobbly when she found other women s numbers on there - she's the one that needs help.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: Perhaps he needs an 'enhanced restraining order', or a 'compliance order'. One of those should do the trick. Maybe if he kills her, we could then consider a few months in jail?[/p][/quote]hang on...the stupid woman invited him into her home despite knowing he had caused her physical violence in the past. She, let him sleep on the sofa, checked his mobile while he was sleeping then threw a wobbly when she found other women s numbers on there - she's the one that needs help. kristal27

7:23pm Wed 11 Dec 13

maclaren says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
There are idiots and idiots and some women will never learn. Also there a some women know nothing else???? and as far as i am concerned any man who raises his hands to hit a woman is not a man!
100% agree Oliviaden6 but find it so hard to get my head round it, this poor woman must think she is worthless and can't do any better than this so called man (waste of space) very sad that someone has such low self esteem.
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: There are idiots and idiots and some women will never learn. Also there a some women know nothing else???? and as far as i am concerned any man who raises his hands to hit a woman is not a man![/p][/quote]100% agree Oliviaden6 but find it so hard to get my head round it, this poor woman must think she is worthless and can't do any better than this so called man (waste of space) very sad that someone has such low self esteem. maclaren

9:16pm Wed 11 Dec 13

pandorica says...

Sounds like she set him up to me. How dare she complain about him when she rang him up and invited him, then provoked him. I do not agree with any form of violence and I agree it needs to be dealt with. At the same time when the victim is creating her own trouble like this then I think appropriate action should be taken against her as well for her own good. Low self esteem or not I still am a bit puzzled by this one im afraid.
Sounds like she set him up to me. How dare she complain about him when she rang him up and invited him, then provoked him. I do not agree with any form of violence and I agree it needs to be dealt with. At the same time when the victim is creating her own trouble like this then I think appropriate action should be taken against her as well for her own good. Low self esteem or not I still am a bit puzzled by this one im afraid. pandorica

7:01am Thu 12 Dec 13

stone-rose says...

Complete set up , She insecure manipulative and a snoop who heard he was seeing someone else and did nt like it .not been a violent person i dont know what makes this breed tick , but reading between the lines each are to blame more so her for been so bloody stupid in the given circumstances.
Complete set up , She insecure manipulative and a snoop who heard he was seeing someone else and did nt like it .not been a violent person i dont know what makes this breed tick , but reading between the lines each are to blame more so her for been so bloody stupid in the given circumstances. stone-rose

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