A narcissistic man who threatened to cut his girlfriend and kept her locked inside their apartment has been jailed for just three years.
23-year-old Holly Jepson was left wanting to take her own life after suffering continuous abuse at the hands of her self-absorbed boyfriend, 33-year-old Thomas Fosbrook, who restricted her every move throughout the course of their two-year-long relationship.
As the court heard, Fosbrook painted the windows of their apartment and forced his girlfriend to abandon all sense of privacy by removing all interior doors.
As part of his vile scheme to keep Jepson trapped in the abusive relationship, the man blocked her from the outside world and banned her from keeping in contact with her friends and family.
He allegedly also replaced their apartment’s intercom system so that his girlfriend wouldn’t be able to let anyone in their apartment while he was gone.
Previously, Fosbrook threatened to cut the young lady and “gut out” their then-unborn baby when the two got into a fight. He would also bring a hammer with him in his child’s stroller whenever they went out together as a family so that he could threaten his girlfriend should she disobey him.
Furthermore, the abusive man banned Holly from taking contraception and told her he would take his own life if she ever tried to leave him.
The abuse did not come to an end until Jepson managed to secretly contact her mother via email and prompt a response from the police.
“I always find misery and heartache when I think about what he has put me and my children through. It makes me feel so stupid and naive and I wish I was one step ahead of him. The fact is it did not take long for me to fall deeply in love with him. He targeted me and controlled me because I was young,” Holly said in her victim statement.
“Within the first year, there were signs of coercive and controlling behavior. We moved into his father’s flat and I saw my friends and family less and less. We put our wages together and money went out every month but it would fund his drug addiction.
“He demanded for me not to talk to any other men at the restaurant where we worked at and he made it clear I was to dress the way he wanted me to. I felt socially awkward everywhere I went. He mentioned if any other men were to look at me he would kill them. He said he was jealous of my own mother.
“He provided little or no help and I was in no state to question anything he said or did. I just spent every day with my thoughts. We were living in total isolation for nearly two years. When we went out together, it was just for a quick shop. I rarely enjoyed going out.
“He painted the rooms and windows as he was not wanting anyone to see from outside even though our flat is on the eighth floor. I feel sick to my stomach as to why he wanted so much privacy.”
The 23-year-old added: “I feel ashamed and disgusted that I believed the terrible lies I believed. On one occasion I had no choice but to remove my own braces with plyers. I had nowhere to go and nowhere to turn to.
“He was controlling me in awful ways, belittling me and spitting at me in private and in public. When I did not have money for drugs, I was shoved around and slapped in the face. He would kick me in my hairline so that the damage was hidden. I watched as all of my personal belongings were sold.
“I knew he was a dangerous man so I remained submissive throughout his outbursts. I was scared and I considered jumping out of my eighth-story window. My children are the only positive things I have gained from that relationship but I know I am always going to carry the weight and insecurities.
“I suffered egotistical and narcissistical abuse. There is no such thing as love. I was a target for him and I hope he is never given the chance of doing this to another woman.”
As it has since come to light, Fosbrook has a long rap sheet involving offenses such as domestic violence, assault, and battery. He was now convicted of coercive behavior and sentenced to three years in prison.
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