Paranoid Hartlepool man jailed for 'appalling behaviour' against his partner fuelled by cocaine
A controlling man who was so paranoid he strip searched his partner for signs of infidelity has been jailed.
Kevin Mcallister subjected the woman he claimed to love to appalling behaviour, a judge said.
It included him examining her body when she returned from work, tracking her movements with an app on his phone and physically assaulting her.
Shaun Dodds, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “When she came in he demanded she went upstairs to the bedroom, strip naked and examined her body for love bites and scratches.
“She was clearly scared of him. He was violent towards her. He would hit her if he didn’t like what she said.”
Mcallister’s behaviour worsened in December 2017 when he grabbed her by the hair, put his hands around her throat and slapped her around the face.
When the woman’s sister noticed her injuries he threatened to burn down her house if his partner told her about his behaviour.
The prosecutor added the victim would falsely claim she had been seeing other men just to try to get him to stop assaulting her.
Mr Dodds said Mcallister’s behaviour was “clearly intended to humiliate and degrade”.
Mcallister, 38, of Brenda Road, Hartlepool, admitted a charge of controlling and coercive behaviour.
His actions were blamed on his use of cocaine at the time and in a letter his partner said she forgave him.
Christine Egerton, defending, said in mitigation: “He fully accepts his guilt. Mr Mcallister is very sorry for what he did.
“If he could change the past he would do he instructs me. He was high on cocaine and that was the reason why this terrible behaviour by him was carried out.
“He has now stopped taking drugs completely.”
Jailing Mcallister for three years and seven months, Judge James Brown said: “This case is a classic and extremely serious example of the reason why this legislation was brought into being.
“The intimate examinations you forced upon her were nothing short of appalling and anybody listening to this would be disgusted quite frankly that you treated a person you purported to love in this astonishing fashion.”