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Thomas Mann jailed at Lincoln Crown Court for offences including child cruelty

A 45-year-old man has been jailed for eight years for coercive and controlling behaviour, child cruelty and breach of a non-molestation order.

Thomas Mann pleaded guilty to cruelty to a person under 16 years old and coercive and controlling behaviour at Lincoln Crown Court.

He had previously admitted to breaching a non-molestation order at a separate hearing.

Thomas Mann has been sentenced to eight years in jail at Lincoln Crown Court.
Thomas Mann has been sentenced to eight years in jail at Lincoln Crown Court.

Mann’s crimes had a significant impact on his victim and their family, causing psychological, emotional, and physical harm to those involved.

The crimes took place over several years.

Mann, of Nursery Road in Stanford-le-Hope, was given a total of 96 months – eight years – on February 19 for the following sentences for each charge:

• Cruelty to a person under 16 years - 58 months;

• Controlling or Coercive Behaviour - 28 months consecutive;

• Breach of non-molestation order - 10 months consecutive.

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DC 234 Kerry Munro, who was in charge of the case, said: “The family involved in this case have been brave, to come forward and speak up.

“This case has highlighted the huge impact that coercive and controlling behaviour and cruelty can have on a family.

“Emotional and psychological harm can be and is, as destructive as physical harm.

“Help is out there, please pick up the phone, reach out and report this behaviour. No one deserves to be treated in that way. We will listen.”

The family told Lincolnshire Police they want victims to know that “you don’t need to stay silent, and that police will listen”.

They are now looking forward to moving on with their lives.

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