AN ‘EXCESSIVELY jealous’ Leamington man subjected his partner to around 12 months of domineering and bullying behaviour during which he repeatedly assaulted and threatened her.
And a judge at Warwick Crown Court jailed Max Harrison for two years and three months after hearing he had an earlier conviction for assaulting a previous partner.
The 27-year-old, of Burbury Close, had denied using controlling or coercive behaviour within a relationship – but changed his plea to guilty on the day of his trial.
Prosecutor Marcus Harry said Harrison had been in a relationship with a woman since the beginning of 2015 but she said it turned physically and emotionally abusive.
The woman said Harrison was ‘excessively jealous,’ and would regularly grab her by the neck and begin strangling her before then becoming apologetic.
And to turn the focus on him and make her feel guilty, he would then sometimes self-harm in front of her.
He also sent her a number of messages, some of which were threatening while others focussed on himself and what he said she was making him do.
She did eventually manage to leave the relationship but after had up to 50 calls a day from him, and he would also visit her address.
And when she began a new relationship she received daily threating phone calls from Harrison.
Eventually their relationship re-commenced – but there followed a pattern of intimidating and controlling behaviour when he was at her address.
Mr Harry added Harrison had previous conviction for common assault on a young woman ‘who sets out similar behaviour by the defendant during a relationship.’
Jailing Harrison, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC also made him subject to a restraining order banning him from having any contact with the woman or going to her address.