"Fortunately family members spotted these signs"
Mohammed Khan, aged 23, of Smethwick, West Midlands, was jailed on May 2, 2019, for 12 years after he was controlling to his ex-partner and subjected her to rape and regular beatings.
He forced her to watch religious videos in order “to become a better girlfriend”.
Khan put the 21-year-old through 18 months of torment and was violent towards her within days of striking up a relationship in 2016.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that the victim was brutally attacked by her controlling boyfriend on numerous occasions.
He once pinned her against a wardrobe by the throat. Another outburst saw Khan punch her in the face as they sat in his car which resulted in several of her teeth getting chipped.
In April 2018, Khan’s actions became even more serious when he orally raped her following a violent argument.
Khan also made his ex-girlfriend watch videos on how to conduct herself and warned her of the consequences if she rejected his advances. He also made violent threats against her and her family.
The ordeal came to light after the victim’s family became concerned about the change in her behaviour and appearance. They subsequently called the police.
Officers from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit worked with Black Country Women’s Aid to offer her help and support.
In April 2018, the woman submitted a formal complaint against Khan.
Khan was charged with four counts of rape and two of coercive control. Following a trial, he was found guilty on one count of rape and coercive control. He was found not guilty of the other rape charges.
Detective Inspector Cate Webb-Jones of the Public Protection Unit said:
“This young woman completely changed her behaviour in order to please Khan; she missed exams, lied about her injuries and stopped wearing make-up.
“Fortunately family members spotted these signs and reported it to the police.
“Part of Khan’s abuse was teaching her she couldn’t say ‘no’ to him; he warned that if she did he’d go elsewhere for his gratification.”
“And such was the control he had over her, she stayed with him and said she still loved him despite the fact he subjected her to awful physical and sexual violence.
“In the interview, the woman also told our officers that she was made to watch Islamic faith videos as it would make her a better partner.
“This is one of the worst cases of coercive control we have seen and I’m pleased that a dangerous offender – one that presents a clear threat to women – has been jailed for a long time.
“It also sends out a strong message that such abhorrent behaviour is totally unacceptable and that offenders risk many years behind bars.
“We would encourage anyone who notices similar changes in behaviour in family or friends to report them or refer them to Women’s Aid.
“We have specialist officers who deal with domestic offences who can protect victims offer practical help.”
Mohammed Khan was jailed for 12 years. He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life.