Tetbury man guilty of using controlling and coercive behaviour against woman

A Tetbury man has pleaded guilty at the last minute to using controlling and coercive behaviour against a woman.

Dean Wood, 40 of Cornwall Close, had denied the charge and was to have stood trial at Gloucester Crown Court.

But with a jury panel waiting, he changed his plea to guity to the charge of using controlling and coercive towards the woman and putting her in fear that violence would be used against her between August 1, 2019 and February 11, 2020.

Prosecutor Tabby Macfarlane told the court on Monday that the case was ‘very unusual’ and that the victim accepted that the amended charge properly reflected what happened and that the experience was unpleasant.

Giles Nelson, defending, requested that pre-sentence reports be carried out on his client and added: “Wood now recognises that the relationship had turned sour. He fully accepts that she helped him to try and combat his drug addiction.

“His bail conditions prevented him from contacting the victim and this has not been breached.”

Wood was released on conditional bail and will be sentenced by Judge Michael Cullum at Bristol Crown Court on June 9.

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