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Boyfriend kept his new partner in grip of terror

Threat: Nathan Bishop PICTURE: SWNS

A DOMESTIC abuser ‘took control’ of his new partner’s life after moving in to her home uninvited, a court was told.

Nathan Bishop, 28, banned her from wearing make-up, blocked her calls and threatened to kill her family.

He even insisted on choosing which clothes the victim wore when they went out.

Fearing he might become violent if she failed to comply with his rules, she started using a secret code to let friends know she was free to talk. Det Con Ben Broad, of Kent Police, said: ‘People like Bishop make victims’ lives a misery.

‘He has used fear and threats of violence to exert control over almost every aspect of her life.’

During Bishop’s six-month reign of terror, beginning in March 2019, his victim tried to break off their relationship.

But he continued to harass and stalk her, showing up uninvited and flooding her phone with messages.

After the abuse was reported to police in July that year he threatened to kill her relatives.

He was arrested in September and charged with coercive or controlling behaviour and six breaches of a non-molestation order.

Bishop, of East Malling, Kent, was jailed for 20 months and given a ten-year restraining order after he pleaded guilty at Maidstone crown court.