A woman who made her partner’s life a misery with her violence which included scalding him with boiling water, starving him and stabbing him been jailed for seven-and-a-half-years.
Jordan Worth banned her partner from their bed, kept food from him, decided what clothes he could wear, isolated him from friends and family and even took over his Facebook account.
Luton crown court was told there were two sides to 22 year old Jordan Worth.
She came from a loving and supportive family, a high performer at school, and at the University of Hertfordshire she gained a 2:1 Honours Degree in Fine Arts and wanted to become a teacher. She had been involved in caring and voluntary work for unwanted animals and had raised money for children in Africa.
But at their home in the village of Stewartby in Bedfordshire, petite Worth 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, 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, said prosecutor Maryam Syed.
But worse was to come the court was told as she became violent towards the man, who the court heard suffered from hydrocephalus which is caused by a buildup of fluid inside the skull which made him vulnerable, and 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.
Judge Nic Madge hearing the case was told the charge of controlling or coercive behaviour covered a period from April 2016 to June of last year when police were called to the couple’s home in Stewartby.
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,” and was seen on occasions with black eyes and to be limping and with his arm in sling.
Once Worth was seen at window by a neighbour “armed” with a screwdriver or hammer, the court was told, while another neighbour heard the victim shouting “Get off me. Get off my head. Don’t keep doing that to my head,” and 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 and the prosecutor said he had second and third degree burns which will leave permanent scarring, adding: “Five per cent of his total body surface was scalded.”
The court was told Worth had thrown boiling hot water over her partner.
On June 6 he was examined at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and found to have burns on his legs as well as stab wounds about his body and limbs, and just days later Worth was arrested.
She appeared at court on Friday to plead guilty to controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship, wounding with intent and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Passing sentence Judge Madge told Worth that as well as the violence she had carried out on her partner she had refused him adequate bedding and food.
He said she would “belittle” her partner and discouraged him from contacting friends and his family.
“She accepts that she has in the past, on a number of occasions, used blunt objects and implements to strike him and that he suffered injuries as a result of her doing so. She accepts using boiling or hot water to cause injury to him. She accepts that she has in the past used a knife to cause injury to her partner, “said the judge.
Judge Madge added: “You took over his Facebook profile. There were daily arguments with items being thrown in house… Custody is inevitable.”
He jailed her for a total of seven-and-a-half years, and she was made the subject of a restraining order which prevents her from contacting her ex for an indefinite period.
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