A young British father has revealed the extent of his horrific injuries after his prolonged abuse at the hands of his ex-girlfriend for the first time in a new documentary
When police arrived at his residence in June 2017, 22-year-old Alex Skeel was just "10 days from death", Newshub reports.
Now, Skeel's harrowing ordeal has been documented in BBC's latest production, 'Abused By My Girlfriend'. In the documentary, the embattled 22-year-old revealed how his then-girlfriend Jordan Worth starved, beat, stabbed him with a bread knife, and burnt him with a kettle full of boiling water on numerous occasions.
She later went on to become the first female in the UK to be convicted of grievous bodily harm and controlling or coercive behavior.
When Alex met his first girlfriend Jordan in 2012, he was just 16. "She was very caring, confident, loving," he said of Worth. "She just showed a real interest in me." But soon after their relationship matured, Worth began exercising her controlling ways.
"She used to say things like 'I don't really like the color grey, I don't think you should wear the color grey'. 'Oh I don't like your hair like that, you should have your hair like this'. But I never took it as a negative. It was more like, 'I won't wear it again - it won't impress her'," he said in the new BBC film.
On the football coach's 18th birthday, Worth allegedly snapped his SIM card in half during one of their arguments. While the couple broke up soon after, Worth told him she was pregnant and gave birth to their son in May 2014.
The couple was back together by January 2015, after Worth seemd to have changed with motherhood. However, her true colors came to the fore once again when she took control of his social media accounts and phone and alienated Alex from his friends and family. According to reports, she tried to isolate him by telling his loved ones he hated them.
Alex hadn't spoken to his parents in two years, even when the couple had their second child, a little girl named Iris, in May 2017. He said that Worth had once lied to him about his grandfather's death, letting him believe he was dead for over two hours before admitting she had lied.
It got to a point where she began attacking him emotionally and physically every other day. On one occasion, she allegedly forced him to consume an entire pack of sleeping pills. In another instance, she broke his tooth after attacking him with a broken hairbrush. What's more? Worth did not allow Alex to work and confiscated his wallet, forcing him to accompany her during university lectures.
"I could feel that my body was starting to shut down. I didn't want [my son] to get hurt, so I was fighting to keep going because I didn't know what would happen if I was to leave," Alex said.
Using a hammer, Worth would hit Alex in the head and shins and once even poured boiling water on his arms and back while he was asleep. "She would wait up all night with a kettle of boiling water and if it went cold she would just wait and reboil it," he remembered.
Police, who frequented the couple's residence after several calls from neighbors, said they once found she had slashed his hand using a breadknife. When he went to the hospital to tend to the wounds, Worth went along so wouldn't reveal anything to the hospital staff.
Nonetheless, police took action when they got a call from the couple's residence a few days later. Sergeant Ed Finn of Bedfordshire Police said, "As soon as I saw him in the light of day, the state of him in terms of countless injuries all over his body the fact that he had these horrible dirty clothes on... he was pale, thin. I thought ... he was being abused."
While Alex wouldn't tell Finn what was really going on, he arrested Worth on suspicion of assault and grievous bodily harm nonetheless. Finn rushed Alex to the hospital, where doctors said he was just "10 days from death."
In September 2017, Worth was slapped with 17 charges, including for grievous bodily harm and controlling coercive behavior, and was sentenced to two-seven-year prison terms in April 2018. Alex is now reunited with his family and children.
"I was in love with Jordan and it took me a long time to have the courage to say she was abusing me," Alex said. "The day that she [went] to prison, I felt so free. It was a massive relief. I remember just saying, 'I can actually look over my shoulder now for the first time in five years without worrying'. Now that I'm free from the relationship, I'm beginning to understand abuse better. And I hope I can help others understand it too."