A policeman once awarded Cheshire’s “Constable of the Year” has been jailed for 27 months for harassing and threatening to rape two ex-girlfriends in a campaign of abuse.
Special constable Daniel Glassey – who was named the constabulary's top officer in 2018 – made constant, controlling threats to the women, Chester Crown Court heard.
Glassey, 30, pulled the hair of one ex-partner and spat at her during a relationship that left her feeling "trapped" and "living in fear".
He threatened to throw acid into the face of the ex-partner, threatened to "kick her teeth" in and stabbed her in the leg with a pen.
The court heard how his campaign of control began when he "refused to accept" that a partner had left him in June 2018.
He barraged her with texts and phone calls for months demanding to know where she was and who she was with.
However, Glassey had actually started a new relationship with a fellow officer in March of that year - who was not aware he was already in a relationship with someone else.
The court heard how Glassey persistently called, messaged and emailed her and changed his shifts to ensure that they were always working together.
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He constantly accused her of cheating, called her names and put her down which “belittled her”.
Glassey’s actions left the second victim “in fear, feeling trapped and believing that she was responsible” for what he was doing.
The abuse came to a head in April last year, when she was at a colleague’s leaving party and another workmate noticed that Glassey had attempted to call her more than 100 times.
Glassey, of Warrington, Cheshire, admitted controlling and coercive behaviour and harassment during an earlier court hearing and was jailed for 27 months.
Detective constable Leanne Brundrett, who led the investigation, said after he was jailed: “To many of his colleagues, Glassey was a well-respected and committed volunteer but behind closed doors he was a different person – he made his victims lives a living hell.
“He tormented, violated and abused them both physically and emotionally, and the impact that it has had on them is unimaginable. Thankfully, as a result of the bravery and courage that these women have shown throughout the investigation, Glassey is now facing the consequences of his actions.
“I hope that his conviction and the sentence handed to him will allow them to finally move forward with their lives. This case demonstrates the fact that anyone can be a victim of controlling and coercive behaviour."
According to Women’s Aid, common signs of controlling and coercive behaviour include: depriving victims of basic needs, such as food; monitoring time and movements via online communication tools or spyware; and taking control over aspects of everyday life.
Other signs include depriving access to support services, such as medical services; humiliating, degrading or dehumanising a victim; controlling your finances and making threats or intimidating you