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No Further Action Common Assault Croydon Police Station 2024

Our client faced counter allegations from his partner for domestic assault and criminal damage after he called the police to report his partner for stealing money from him. This incident has occurred three times and there was little evidence of assault or criminal damage.

Common assault occurs when a person inflicts violence on someone else or makes them fear that they are going to be attacked imminently. It does not have to involve physical violence, it can merely be spitting, raising a fist or general threatening behaviour. Assault is an offence contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. In this instance, the client faced allegations of spitting, pushing and grabbing his partner amounting to two counts of common assault.

Criminal damage occurs when a person, without lawful excuse, destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage that property or being reckless as to whether it would be destroyed or damaged. It is an offence contrary to section 1 (1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971. In this instance, the client faced one count of criminal damage, namely by ripping his partner’s phone charger and putting it in the toilet.

Our client was advised to give a no-comment interview due to the lack of evidence against him and his counter-accusation that his partner had made up the allegations to avoid being arrested for theft. Subsequently, no further action was taken on this matter and the client was released immediately after his police station interview at Croydon Police Station.

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