A UK woman has been jailed after abusing her boyfriend Alex Skeel (22) to the brink of death.
Jordan Worth (22) pleaded guilty to charges of grievous bodily harm, with intent, and coercive and controlling behaviour against Skeel and was sentenced to seven years and six months in jail in the Luton Crown court last week.
The couple had been going out since they were 16 and initially the abuse had been more psychological, the court heard.
Worth denied Skeel food and access to her bed, told him what he should wear and controlled his contact with family and friends the prosecution said.
But in a sustained and prolonged campaign over the last nine months of their relationship she subjected her boyfriend to multiple physical injuries, often requiring hospital treatment. as well.
Her physical attacks included throwing boiling water over him, using blunt objects and instruments to strike him, and stabbing him with a knife.
She once told him his grandfather has died only revealing this was not the case a few hours later after watching him sob.
On hearing shouts from the couple’s home one evening in June 2017 a neighbour’s call to the Befordshire Police finally set the wheels in motion to put an end to Alex’s plight.
The ambulance despatched to the house found injuries to his hands, and burns on his arms and legs which had been treated with cling wrap.
Their relationship ended thereafter though at the time of the case Worth was reported to be seeing another man.
In a statement after the judgement Skeel said: “I want to tell my story. I don’t want one more person to suffer what I’ve gone through.
“The hospital told me I was 10 days away from death. I believe the reason I survived to tell my story is to help others going through a similar ordeal.
“I would urge anyone in the same situation to ask for help.”
Skeel added in an interview with MailOnline that he and Worth had started dating at school: “She was probably the only girl I ever felt was interested in me. She would constantly say that this was the way to do things. And because I was wooed by her, flattered, I believed her.”
The Bedfordshire Police, who handled the case, issued a statement after the judgement saying: ‘Coercive control is subtle and it isn’t always obvious what’s been happening and may escalate over time. The victim may not immediately recognize the behaviour as abuse. The desire to control often underpins abusive relationships and can lead to violence.”