A controlling girlfriend who made her partner’s life a misery by inflicting a catalogue of injuries on him in violent attacks has been jailed for seven and a half years.
Petite Jordan Worth, 22, stabbed him with a knife, scalded him with boiling water, banned him from their bed and decided what clothes he should wear.
Worth, who lived with her boyfriend in the village of Stewartby, Bedfordshire, also isolated him from his friends and took over his Facebook account.
Aspiring teacher Worth had a degree from the University of Hertfordshire, had come from a loving and supportive family, and had raised money for children in Africa.
But Luton Crown Court heard she cruelly controlled every aspect of her partner’s life.
The court heard Worth and her partner had met at college in 2012 when they were both 16.
Prosecutor Maryam Syed said a relationship began and later they moved in together but from an early stage she was exercising control over him deciding what he could wear.
But the prosecutor said worse was to come as she became violent towards the man, who the court heard suffered from hydrocephalus. The condition is caused by a build-up of fluid inside the skull which made him vulnerable.
She used blunt objects to strike him, wounded him with a knife and didn’t help him get to hospital for treatment.
For nine months he couldn’t sleep in the same bed as her, the court was told.
Worth pleaded guilty to controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship, wounding with intent and causing grievous bodily harm with intent between April 2016 to June last year.
Neighbours sounded the alarm
Neighbours of the couple often heard them arguing said Miss Syed and the sounds of things being thrown in the house.
She said the victim was heard by his neighbours shouting at Worth: ‘Get off me, you are hurting me’.
He was seen on occasions with black eyes and to be limping and with his arm in sling.
Once Worth was seen at a window by a neighbour ‘armed’ with a screwdriver or hammer, the court was told.
Another neighbour heard the victim shouting: ‘Get off me. Get off my head. Don’t keep doing that to my head.’
She saw burn marks on his arms which he explained away as self-inflicted.
The court heard it was in June of last year that neighbours called police to the couple’s home in the village in the early hours after hearing shouting.
The ambulance crew noted injuries to his hand, burns to arms and legs which were being self-treated with cling film.
There was cling film round his ankles, and a hand wound that was bleeding.
He was taken to Bedford Hospital’s acute clinical unit and then to Addenbrookes Hospital.
Worth was also made the subject of a restraining order which prevents her from contacting her ex for an indefinite period.