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Hackney thug who assaulted girlfriend must tell police every time he has new sexual partner

PUBLISHED: 15:13 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 13 April 2018

Dean Purcell.

Dean Purcell.

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A thug who was jailed for assaulting his girlfriend must now tell police whenever he has a new sexual partner in a bid to protect potential victims.

Dean Purcell, 35, is serving a one-year sentence for ABH and two counts of battery and was today slapped with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) applied for by police.

During the hearing at Wood Green Crown Court judge Noel Lucas ordered that for the next seven years Purcell must, within three days of the third time he has any sexual activity with a woman, give police their details so they can speak to her.

It is only the fourth CBO issued in England and Wales in a domestic violence case, the first and second of which were also applied for by Hackney police.

Purcell and the victim, who is in her 30s, had recently got back together after breaking-up in July 2017.

They moved into a flat in Hackney and Purcell was attending domestic violence meetings but soon after he began to assault her – by name calling and slapping her. He then became extremely controlling.

On November14, just after midnight, Purcell and the victim had an argument while driving home resulting in him pulling her hair and biting her right ear.

After going to bed Purcell started accusing her of having sex with other men and pounced on her, covering her mouth and nose with his hands.

They then went to sleep, but in the morning Purcell he again accused his girlfriend of being unfaithful.

He put a handful of tablets in his mouth and threatened to take an overdose unless she told the truth. When she reassured him he then picked up a kitchen knife and said he would kill them both unless she told the truth.

The victim felt unable to leave because of his behaviour and past experiences. When she had asked to leave before, Purcell had threatened to stab her and then himself and had made the same threat whenever she wanted to call the police.

A benefits welfare officer then visited the flat and the victim asked if she could take a bath before climbing out of the bathroom window in her dressing gown.

She ran to the local shop and asked someone to call the police, as Purcell had taken her phone off her.

Purcell was arrested and charged the next day. In March he pleaded guilty to ABH and two counts of battery. Charges of false imprisonment, threats to kill, and a third count of battery were left to lie on file.

He was jailed on the same day, and as well as a one-year sentence was given a restraining order.

Det Sgt Ian Cleghorn, of the Central East community safety unit, said: “Purcell’s victim was subjected to a horrendous ordeal by him.

“She has shown incredible bravery, not only by having the courage to escape him, but also in supporting the investigation. I hope Purcell being behind bars and thereafter subject to closer scrutiny will give her a measure of closure and reassurance.

“I hope this outcome encourages other victims of domestic abuse to have the courage to come forward and talk to us. It demonstrates that the Met takes domestic abuse very seriously.”

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