"he would find her more attractive the more men that fancied her"
Heman Mohammed, aged 31, of Newton, Wales, was jailed for two years after he inflicted a four-month campaign of terror on a woman. The violent man repeatedly slapped, punched and stamped on the victim.
He also persuaded her to contact other men to fulfil his own sexual desires before accusing her of cheating on him with them.
Eleanor Gleeson, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court:
“It was a relationship which was punctuated with episodes of verbal and physical violence towards (the victim) the aim of which was to control and degrade.”
The car wash manager met the mother-of-two online in September 2019 and she “reluctantly” agreed to meet him in a Manchester hotel room.
She did not know he had previous convictions for stalking another woman and breaching a restraining order.
Mohammed told her he wanted to have a threesome and asked her to text random men “as he would find her more attractive the more men that fancied her”.
An argument ensued and the woman went home. Mohammed turned up at her home to apologise, remaining there for three days despite repeatedly being asked to leave.
He eventually left but only once the woman promised to visit him the following weekend.
The woman visited his home on September 13, 2019, but Mohammed began looking through her phone, telling her to contact her male friends as he said it “really turns me on”.
He went to her home the following weekend. When they were not together, he would FaceTime her and ask her who she was with. When she did not answer, he would become angry.
Mohammed demanded her to prove she was at work and called her a “slag” when he learned she was required to speak to other men at work.
He also forced her to contact her best friend, a man, so he could listen to their conversation.
Mohammed first assaulted the woman at his home in October 2019. She spoke to a friend of Mohammed about family and work, which prompted the violent man to shout and call her “a slag and a flirt”.
He claimed she was “showing me up” and when she tried to leave, he grabbed her wrists, threw her across a bedroom and slapped her across the face.
Mohammed pushed her onto the bed, wrapped his legs around her and ordered her to go to sleep, holding her there all night.
In November 2019, Mohammed became angry when the victim texted a male friend. He punched her in the face, causing her to fall into an ironing board.
The woman’s teenage son witnessed the aftermath.
She later told police that her relationship felt like she was “constantly on eggshells”.
He would start arguments about how she spent her money, demanded that she did not wear anything revealing and insisted that she walk with her head down so she did not look at other people.
The violent man became “more obsessive” and would even use the woman’s fingerprint while she was asleep to unlock her mobile phone.
He would “demand” access to her work phone and her Facebook account, “interrogate” her about her online contacts and insist she ‘prove’ she wasn’t cheating on him.
Ms Gleeson said Mohammed would “demand” sex and would order her to “engage in explicit conversations with other men because it turned him on”.
After having sex, Mohammed demanded that she delete the men from her account and would later accuse her of “cheating” with the same men.
In December 2019, at the woman’s house, Mohammed started “screaming and shouting” at her when he saw that she liked a man’s photo on Facebook.
He punched her in the face and smashed her phone and TV.
She called the police and Mohammed ran away. During this time, he left her aggressive voicemails and called her a “slut”.
The woman began speaking to Mohammed again in January 2020. They met at a hotel where he became aggressive for no reason and slapped her.
They argued, apologised and went to the pub before returning to the hotel where Mohammed became violent again. He shouted at her, slapped her and emptied her handbag across the floor.
Ms Gleeson said he followed her to their bedroom and punched her, throwing her against the wall and stamping on her face.
Police were called and Mohammed was arrested.
In a victim impact statement, the victim said:
“He has made me feel worthless and embarrassed about who I am. I feel scared and fearful. I cannot leave the doors open. I cannot leave my children to go to work. I feel that he would hurt them.
“I really do feel that he has destroyed my life… I’m so scared. I’m always looking over my shoulder.”
Hugh McKee, defending, said Mohammed had been diagnosed with “oppositional defiant disorder” in 2018, adding that there were mental health problems “which may explain his behaviour in relation to women”.
Mr McKee said that the violent man had been locked up for 23 and a half hours each day while on remand at Forest Bank prison for the last four months.
Judge Elizabeth Nicholls said the case was “very distressing”, however, she accepted that Mohammed had mental health problems “which are not being tackled”.
Mohammed denied the charges but was convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour, four counts of assault and two charges of criminal damage.
He was jailed for two years. Mohammed was also handed a five-year restraining order.