South Shields 'controlling' boyfriend tracked partner on CCTV app and threatened to kill her

A ‘controlling’ boyfriend who followed his partner’s movements on an app linked to their home CCTV system threatened to kill her and himself if she cheated on him.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 4:55 am

Paul Haley, 31, issued the chilling words – and then assaulted her by pulling her from a sofa, causing pain to her back

He also pushed her 19-year-old daughter into a wall when she came home with her sister and saw the attack on their mum on Sunday, May 9.

Swimming pool fitter Haley was described by prosecutor Clare Irving as being “extremely controlling” and liable to pick fights when drunk.

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The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

A court has now ordered him not to access the CCTV system - and advised him to delete the app that allows him to do so - after he admitted two common assault charges.

Ms Irving told magistrates in South Tyneside: “In a statement, she said, ‘He gets right in my face, I’m scared of him.

“He watches me on CCTV, which he has on his phone and then questions me about it’.

“On May 8, she was in the front room when he said that if she cheated, he would kill her. He said, ‘I would kill you and kill myself’.

“She said that she believed him and feared for her family.”

Ms Irving said the following day Haley was still drunk from the night before, adding: “He grabbed her leg and pulled her off the settee.

“She pushed him away with her legs. She was caused some pain. One daughter has seen him pull her mother off the settee.

“He has pushed the daughter into a wall. She has gone to call the police.”

David Forester said Haley, of Gray’s Walk, Biddick Hall, South Shields, was not before the court on a coercive behaviour charge or making threats to kill.

He added: “What you are left with is what happened on the night in question, which he has entered a plea to. There are no lasting injuries at all.”

Magistrates issued Haley with an 18-month restraining order not to contact the woman or her daughters, and not to enter Gray’s Walk or Lanark Drive, Jarrow.

It also prohibits him from accessing the house CCTV, and he was fined £998, with a £100 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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