Cheating Birmingham boyfriend secretly watched girlfriend in bedroom on security camera

A delivery driver secretly watched his girlfriend in her bedroom after hacking into a security camera during a two year campaign of controlling behavior. Marcus Radway would also constantly check-up where she was and on one occasion “recklessly” ran over her feet.

The victim first began a relationship with the defendant in 2016 and after a period they lived together. Jas Dhailwal, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court said: “There were some arguments but by early 2017 the defendant began to become controlling of where she went and who she went with.

“He made her feel guilty. He would insist on taking her to and from where she was going and travel to the train station and wait for her in the car park. He also began to control what she wore, demanding that she wear longer dresses .

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“On one occasion he buttoned the dress she was wearing up to the top.” Mr Dhaliwal continued “He also told her to delete her Instagram account, telling her he had got rid of his.

“When she refused he became angry and frustrated by that. He would log into her Instagram account to see if she was speaking to anyone else online. He must have acquired her password by some means.”

In early 2019 she ended the relationship and blocked Radway but he continued to send her unwanted emails. Mr Dhaliwal said that in March of that year they had gone out together in Birmingham city center.

She later returned to her home to discover a bag by her bed containing pills and powder supplements. At that point he had phoned her saying that the bag was for his gym, the court heard. “He had logged into her home security system and was watching her while she was in her bedroom,” said Mr Dhaliwal.

He said that although the victim resumed the relationship she had gone to a funeral which she did not want the defendant to go to but he had turned up outside. She had also gone away with friends to Liverpool and Manchester and Radway also turned up, uninvited, in Liverpool and stayed the weekend.

When, on another occasion, she was packing to go away, Radway wanted to know what clothes she was packing and she felt he was “watching her constantly.”

Mr Dhaliwal said there was a further occasion when the victim went out and the defendant again turned up and was staring at her and her friends and then caused a scene. In August 2019 she discovered he had been cheating on her with multiple women and they went to discuss the situation.

During the course of their meeting he had picked her up. After she got out he then revved his engine, drove towards her and ran over both her feet, resulting in her suffering a number of injuries and having to use crutches and wear specially protective boots.

In a statement, the victim said what had happened had destroyed her confidence and she was worried she would bump into him. Radway, 35, of Shard End Crescent, Shard End, who had previously admitted controlling and coercive behavior and assault, was sentenced to 15 months suspended for two years and ordered to pay £ 1,000 compensation.

In passing sentence, Judge Simon Drew QC said the controlling behavior was over a sustained period of time, between 2017 and 2019, and that the defendant had used “multiple means” of controlling his girlfriend. He said Radway had come “perilously close” to being sent to jail but accepted he had kept out of trouble for 10 years prior to the offenses and that he was giving support to his grandmother.

Ioana Nedescu, defending, said the assault had been short lived and that Radway had acted recklessly in running over the victim’s feet.

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