Spared jail: Beth Watson (pictured outside court) subjected her boyfriend Jonathan Anderson to a three-year campaign of abuse
A controlling girlfriend subjected her boyfriend to a three-year campaign of abuse and smashed his phone with a hammer because she suspected him of cheating.
Beth Watson, 21, was spared jail despite admitting several domestic abuse charges relating to her on-off boyfriend Jonathan Anderson.
The offences took place between February and March this year, after the pair had split up but continued to live together in Corbridge, a village in Northumberland.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how Mr Anderson had saved money for a deposit to move into a new place away from his ex-girlfriend, but she insisted on joining him.
Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told the court it was hoped 'the new place would improve things in the relationship' but in fact things continued to deteriorate, resulting in Mr Anderson spending much of the time sleeping on the sofa.
Mr Pallister said: 'During their three year relationship she had an abusive and controlling nature to Mr Anderson.'
She had suspected him of cheating throughout their relationship and on one occasion she 'flew into a rage and used a hammer to smash his mobile phone'.
Convinced her ex-boyfriend was 'cheating' on her, Watson also later accessed his Facebook page and posted a threatening message addressed to her suspected love rival that read: 'You horrible slag I will bleed you like a pig f****r.
'I am coming for you.'
Watson was so determined to find the woman, a colleague of Mr Anderson's, that she turned up at his place of work demanding to know where she was.
Mr Pallister told the court the woman wasn't at work, so 'in a rage, Watson pushed a till off from a counter and it smashed on the floor, causing around £70 of damage'.
A 'very angry' Watson later appeared at a house where Mr Anderson was with his friend and 'stormed towards him and punched him several times to the face'.
She was shouting: 'Think you can cheat on me, have you seen the state of her?'
Whilst trying to restrain her, the pair fell to the floor and as he held her hands away from him she 'lunged towards him and bit him on the left cheek'.
He tried to move his face away from her but her grip on his face was so tight and painful that he couldn't get away.
He told police that although he did not recall her biting his leg, the mark resembled a bite and accepted it must have been caused by Watson.
She was given a four month jail sentence suspended for 18 months at Newcastle Crown Court
A friend called the police and an officer came to arrest Watson, who resisted, but was eventually taken away.
Mr Anderson told investigators he was reluctant to report the abuse because he didn't think men suffered domestic violence.
In a victim impact statement he said: 'I am scared, I cannot go on like this.
'I want to live with a friend rather than with Beth or on my own. I cannot live with Beth, she scares me.'
Mark Saunders, defending, said: 'Her conduct throughout the relationship was inappropriate. She admits that she acted out of jealousy.'
Sentencing her for two counts of criminal damage, occasioning actual bodily harm, making malicious communications and resisting arrest, Judge Tim Gittins said: 'It is clear from what I have heard, for a 21 year old, that you can be a law abiding, hard working and consistent young woman.
'There is a need to bring such offences out in the open and show that they will not be tolerated.
'You assaulted him in an extended attack and you are fortunate that his injuries are not more serious.'
Watson, of Hexham, Northumberland, was given a four month jail sentence suspended for 18 months, a restraining order banning her from contacting the complainant, a 50 day rehabilitation requirement and 100 hours unpaid work.