Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brutal Cases at Court

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brutal Cases at Court

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IN FEBRUARY Clare Murray, 22, of Washington, told how she had suffered years of torment at the hands of her sadistic boyfriend.

Edward Snook, 38, of Birtley, Gateshead, received a two-year community domestic violence order for the abuse he inflicted on Claire which included beating her black and blue and holding her hostage in a car for hours.

Claire was supported by Northumbria Police public protection unit and found the courage to go to court.

She said: "At first I was too scared to go to court but the officers I dealt with were incredibly supportive, which made the process easier."

In March Dale Warldle, 39, was jailed for three years at Newcastle Crown Court after trying to strangle his girlfriend.

His 38-year-old victim, a Gateshead mum-of-two, broke her silence to encourage domestic violence victims to contact police.

She said at the time: "He left me for dead in my own home."

Wardle throttled his victim with her pyjama top until she was unconscious. …

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