Controlling boyfriend, 21, shoved his girlfriend‘s head into hot cooking oil

Controlling boyfriend, 21, is jailed for two years after he shoved his girlfriend‘s head into hot cooking oil during a nine-month campaign of abuse

Freddie McPherson, 21, attacked his girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage and shoved her head into a pan of hot cooking oil

A controlling boyfriend who attacked his girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage and shoved her head into a pan of hot cooking oil has been jailed. 

Freddie McPherson, 21, subjected his partner to a sustained period of abuse for nine months, choking her until she was unconscious, beating her with a metal chair and stamping on her.

Between August 2018 and May 2019 he regularly prevented from her from leaving the house to seek help and, consumed by jealousy, would demand to look at her phone.

McPherson, from Hawkhurst, Kent, would also taunt his girlfriend with daily insults about her physical appearance, even telling her to kill herself on multiple occasions.

The abuse was finally reported to police in May 2019, and McPherson was arrested.

Appearing in Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to a charge of coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship, three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of common assault.

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He was sentenced to two years and three months behind bars, and subjected to a ten-year restraining order.

PC Ian Loft of the West Kent Vulnerable Investigation Team said: ‘McPherson continuously abused, isolated and tormented his victim during the vast majority of their relationship.

‘He has subjected her to the most appalling violence as well as relentless mental anguish, much of which was intended to humiliate and degrade her and which sometimes took place in front of a young child.

‘McPherson is an immature and selfish young man who has demonstrated no sense of shame for his actions.

‘I would like to thank and commend the victim who has shown great courage to come forward and also reassure anyone who may be in an abusive relationship that we have a dedicated team which works relentlessly to tackle and deter these types of offences.

‘There is also a range of domestic abuse support services available through our partner agencies, to help keep victims safe.

‘They may be feeling frightened, isolated and ashamed but they are not to blame for what is happening.

‘No one should suffer in silence and we encourage them to report offences.‘

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