Middlestown Man Jailed for Assault and Controlling and Coercive Behaviour Against a Female Victim

Custody photograph of Paul Rosso

Tuesday, 26 September, 2023

A Middlestown man has been jailed after admitting a nine-month campaign of controlling and coercive behaviour against a woman. 

Paul Anthony Rosso, 37, of Back Lane, Middlestown, Wakefield, previously pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and two counts of common assault. He appeared at Leeds Crown Court today (Tuesday, 26 September), where he was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment. 

The offences occurred between 2022 and 2023 with Rosso controlling various aspects of the victim’s life, including what she was allowed to wear, and making her walk with her head down when in public. He also physically assaulted her, including ripping her clothing in a public place. 

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 committed to creating an environment where women and girls can feel safe and be safe within the county, free of fear and harassment. Anyone who has information about any form of domestic abuse is urged to report it – whether as the victim or a concerned family member, friend or colleague. 

There is information about how you can report offences to the police and details of independent agencies who can offer advice and support on our website at: Domestic Abuse | West Yorkshire Police. The webpage includes a button to allow you to leave the page quickly if you are concerned someone may be monitoring you. 

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