Vic­tim felt like a pris­oner

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AN­DREW BARD­S­LEY an­drew.bard­s­[email protected]­ @ABard­s­leyMEN

A PARA­NOID boyfriend bran­dished a knife to­wards his part­ner af­ter telling her ‘if I can’t have you then no one can have you,’ a court heard.

Adam Wood, 29, who told the woman he served as a marine and had ‘killed hun­dreds of peo­ple, in­clud­ing a child,’ leav­ing her feel­ing ‘like a pris­oner’ in her own home.

He has now been jailed for two years. Manch­ester Crown Court heard Wood met the woman in June at Sal­ford Precinct.

Af­ter Wood asked her for a cig­a­rette, they started to chat and ex­changed num­bers.

They met up and he later moved into her home in Lit­tle Hul­ton, where she lived with her young son.

The re­la­tion­ship was ini­tially good, but the woman claimed Wood started to dis­play ‘weird be­hav­iour.’

He be­gan telling her that he loved her, de­spite only meet­ing days ear­lier.

Wood, from Sal­ford, also per­suaded the woman’s son to call him ‘Dad.’

At one point, Wood told her he had pre­vi­ously been a ‘marine’ and that he had ‘killed hun­dreds of peo­ple in­clud­ing a child dur­ing his ser­vice,’ the court heard.

The woman said he ‘re­ally got in my head,’ and said she was ‘sh ****** it.’

She thought about ask­ing Wood to leave her home.

But she was too scared to do so, prose­cu­tor Ge­off Whe­lan said.

Things es­ca­lated in July when Wood re­turned to her home and bran­dished a knife to­wards her in the kitchen, say­ing ‘if I can’t have you then no­body can have you.’

She be­lieved that ‘he might kill her at any mo­ment,’ Mr Whe­lan said.

Wood later pleaded guilty to mak­ing a threat to kill in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent. On an­other oc­ca­sion, the woman saw a male friend, who she kissed on the cheek.

“Why the f*** are you kiss­ing him?,” Wood asked her.

When she spoke to an­other male friend he ‘glared at her,’ which Mr Whe­lan said Wood did to ‘make it clear he was up­set with her.’ Wood told her she was be­hav­ing like a ‘f ****** s**g,’ af­ter which she told him to leave.

She called 999 and left the house with the hand­set on.

Wood was later ar­rested there. De­fend­ing, Nick Clarke said that Wood has a his­tory of un­treated men­tal health is­sues.

Wood met the vic­tim at Sal­ford Precinct

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