"Miah’s inexcusable behaviour had a devastating effect"
Bozlu Miah, aged 38, of Luton, has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison. He had subjected his partner to a campaign of coercive and controlling behaviour.
Luton Crown Court heard that his behaviour towards his partner had lasted a number of years.
Through Miah’s controlling behaviour, he deprived his partner of her freedom and isolated her from a network of support.
Miah would not allow the woman to have a phone or a watch so she could not tell the time and was unable to contact 999 when she needed to.
He also controlled all of the finances, threatened her with violence and embarrassed her in front of her friends.
Miah pleaded guilty to one count of coercive and controlling behaviour and two counts of common assault.
PC James Bayes explained: “Miah’s inexcusable behaviour had a devastating effect on the victim and I’d like to praise her for the bravery and courage she has shown in coming forward to report this abuse.
“The length of this sentence shows just how seriously coercive and controlling behaviour is taken, and I hope this will now allow the victim to begin to move on with her life.
“Domestic abuse isn’t just physical.
“Coercive control can be subtle to start with, it isn’t always obvious what is happening and the victim may not immediately recognise it for what it is.
“But it is abuse and it can have a serious impact on victims. It can also lead to physical violence.”
“Common signs of coercive behaviour include monitoring your time and contact with others, including online communication, taking control over aspects of your life such as what you wear and who you socialise with, making threats, controlling finances, and repeatedly putting you down.
“If you think you, or someone you know, could be in an abusive and controlling relationship, we’d urge you to seek help immediately before the situation escalates even further.”
Luton Today reported that on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Miah was sentenced to three years and one month in prison following a court hearing.
In an equally horrifying campaign of abuse, a student tormented his girlfriend with “sadistic” physical violence and controlling behaviour.
Auzair Hussain met the woman while he was studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
During his relationship with the woman between January and March 2017, Hussain, aged 24, reduced his girlfriend to “a shadow of herself” during a “cynical campaign” of violent abuse.
On a number of occasions, Hussain whipped her with a belt and a coat hanger on her chest and private areas.
Another time, he physically threw her around her room, punching and kicking her after she had looked at a LinkedIn account of a former boyfriend. He then trashed the room.
Hussain told her what she could wear, what makeup she was allowed to wear, when she could have a shower, and even what she ate.
He was jailed for three years.