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Controlling Boyfriend Refused To Let Partner Brush Her Teeth Or Wash Her Hair

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Controlling Boyfriend Refused To Let Partner Brush Her Teeth Or Wash Her Hair

A boyfriend refused to let his schoolgirl partner brush her teeth or wash her hair during their relationship as he attempted to control her life.

Tobias Coggins, 20, possessive and jealous behaviour landed him in court in Hull, after his victim bravely opened up about their relationship, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

Coggins, who was 17 to 18 during the relationship, refused to let his younger girlfriend speak to male friends and wouldn't even allow her to bathe unless he was 'sat on the toilet seat watching', he told her not to wash her because 'if she had greasy hair, at least nobody at school would fancy her'.

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After he spending the day together, Coggins would drop her off home and then insist on FaceTiming until she fell asleep.

At Hull Crown Court Judge Tremberg said his behaviour was 'persistent, sustained emotional blackmail', which is deemed as a serious crime.

Charlotte Baines, prosecuting said Coggins stopped the girl from putting on clean clothes and when she complained told her he 'did not care, she was with him and did not need anybody else'.

She went on to tell the court that controlling Coggins would talk about getting married and having children and, when the girl would remind him that she was only 16 and would be going to college soon, he told her he would enroll, too.

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Credit: Hull Daily Mail

If the girl talked about ending the relationship, Coggins would tell her he would kill himself if she did.

When she finally decided to leave him he 'sprayed WD40 into his mouth in an attempt to stop [her] leaving him, but she had the courage to walk away'.

In mitigation, Paul Genney told the court: "He says, he instructs, that he's ashamed of his behaviour as it was then. He's a different person, effectively, to what he was then."

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Coggins would insist on FaceTiming or accuse his partner of cheating. Credit: PA
Coggins would insist on FaceTiming or accuse his partner of cheating. Credit: PA

In an interview with police he handed cops a prepared statement in which he blamed his ex-partner for causing their arguments, before later admitting to two offences of coercive and controlling behaviour.

Coggins was handed down a five month sentence, in a young offenders institute, but suspended it for two years due to his 'previous good character' and the fact that he pleaded guilty. He was also given a two-year restraining order and must have up to 30 days rehabilitation and complete a relationship course.

Judge Tremberg warned him: "If I were in your shoes, I would regard today's sentence as being your first and last chance, because if what happened to the complainant forms part of a pattern, it seems inevitable the next step for you will be prison."

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Topics: uk news, hull, News, Sex and Relationships, crime, court

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