A teenager has been jailed for more than two years after being convicted of controlling and coercive behaviour and making threats with a bladed article.

Joe Tullius, 18, from Middlesbrough, was sentenced to 28 months in custody when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Friday (August 4).

A judge heard how he embarked on a campaign of physical and emotional abuse which becane even worse when his partner tried to end the relationship and culminated in his knife threat.

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Detective Inspector Rebecca Harland from Cleveland Police Domestic Abuse Unit said: “Tullius subjected his victim to a torrent of physical and emotional abuse throughout their relationship which exacerbated after she tried to end the relationship.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victim for her bravery for reporting the abuse she suffered and for seeking help. Without her strength in coming forward, Tullius would not have been convicted for his crimes.

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“PC Luci Clarke carried out a very diligent and expeditious investigation, which included charging Tullius with further offences against the same woman and breaches of his bail conditions whilst Tullius was awaiting his court date.”

  • Anyone who may have been a victim of domestic abuse is urged to contact police to report it. Further information on support agencies and ways to report can be found on the Cleveland Police website: www.cleveland.police.uk