A Whitehaven man has denied subjecting a woman to criminal controlling conduct by allegedly requesting she “asks for permission to care for her baby”.
Paul Anthony Walmsley, 38, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today and faced a total of four charges.
One alleges the use of controlling or coercive behaviour towards the woman between early July last year and February 14, 2021.
Court papers show Walmsley is alleged to have made accusations of the woman being unfaithful; checking her telephone; requesting that she asks for permission to care for her baby; making threats to her family; and refusing her permission to wear make-up.
Walmsley is further charged with three separate alleged actual bodily harm assaults on the same woman.
These are said to have occurred on July 19 and December 23, 2020; and also January 19 this year.
During a short hearing in front of Recorder Andrew Nuttall, Walmsley pleaded not guilty to all four charges when they were read to him by a court clerk.
A trial date was fixed and is due to start in front of a jury at the crown court on September 27.
In the meantime, Walmsley, of Muncaster Close, Whitehaven, was remanded in custody by Recorder Nuttall.