WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: Shocking video has been released of the moment police found a man covered in blood and cowering on a staircase after a violent beating from his girlfriend.
Alex Skeel, 22, had dealt with years of mental and physical abuse at the hands of his girlfriend, Jordan Worth.
She had isolated him from his family, thrown boiling water on him while he slept, hit him in the head and shins with a hammer, starved him and controlled what he wore, where he went and how he looked.
In a disturbing BBC documentary, Mr Skeel spoke of the unbelievable events Worth put him through, finally ending in 2017 when police were called to their Bedfordshire, UK, home.
When officers arrived at the property on June 3, 2017, Mr Skeel was so afraid to tell them that his girlfriend had stabbed him in the hands and forearms with a breadknife that he lied and said he had self-harmed.
“Alex and Jordan were both telling us that he’d used that knife to cut his wrists basically, and she was explaining that Alex suffered from a medical condition that caused him to have bouts of self-harm,” an officer explains in the documentary.
“When we questioned it, they were both sort of calm and rational and explained that Alex has this long-standing history of self-harm.”
The shocking beating was the last in a long string of violent attacks on Mr Skeel.
On one occasion, after Worth beat him with a hairbrush, he was forced to rip out his own tooth as he wasn’t allowed to seek treatment.
When he needed urgent care for his burns from the scalding water she threw on him, Worth also refused to let Mr Skeel have an operation.
He was forced to treat his second and third-degree burns with cling wrap, the BBC reported.
Once police took him away from the home, offered him a meal and admitted him to hospital, doctors told Mr Skeel he was 10 days away from death. He underwent operations to his brain, head and hands.
Worth was arrested, charged with grievous bodily harm and coercive controlling behaviour and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail. She became the first woman in the UK to be convicted of the charges.
The national domestic violence helpline can be contacted on 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.
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