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A jealous and possessive boyfriend has been sentenced to jail time after he threatened to kill his girlfriend's family if she left him and banned her from using Snapchat and talking to other heterosexual men.
24-year-old Matthew Bailey would only allow 19-year-old Molly Cunliffe to message gay men or other women on Facebook and Instagram.
Bailey, of Horwich, Lancashire, would bombard his girlfriend of just four weeks to Facetime him, or text him to let him know that she was home and not out with other men. He also threatened her with violence and would regularly check her mobile phone.
He was jailed for six months at Manchester magistrates after being found guilty of engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour in an intimate relationship. He is also banned from contacting Cunliffe for five years.
New laws recently came into place that outlines what you can no longer do to control or mentally, financially, or physically abuse your partner.
They met via Instagram back in April and went for a first date at Five Guys restaurant in Manchester.
Molly told the hearing: ''We saw each other for four days in a row and at first he was good but he started getting controlling. On day two we became official - then the name calling started on day four. I felt quite devastated and upset.
''We had to meet at certain times, and I have to be up and dressed at certain times.
"He would ring me several times in the morning and would accuse me of sleeping with someone else if I didn't answer.
"He would call me names such as a slag or a slut and he would continuously ring me, every minute - I felt like I was trapped."
She continued: ''I wasn't allowed to have Snapchat because I was speaking to a boy, so I deleted it. I was not allowed to follow anymore boys on Instagram.
"I tried to end the relationship three times, but he kept saying he would change only to then threatened to kill me and my family on the phone."
Bailey denied all of the allegations against him. He told the court: ''It was a fast-moving relationship.
"She got quite jealous about my girl friends and I would look at her phone to gain stability in the relationship."
However, the judge did not agree with him. Judge James Hatton told him: "This was a short relationship which quickly became unpleasant.
''The victim has experienced an extremely unpleasant time in her life. You were involved in domestic abuse almost through the whole relationship - you belittled her."
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