Boyfriend smelled girlfriend's knickers and handcuffed himself to her at night to make sure she wasn't cheating

32-year-old John McLaughlin was arrested and pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend and engaging in controlling and coercive behavior.


                            Boyfriend smelled girlfriend's knickers and handcuffed himself to her at night to make sure she wasn't cheating

A paranoid, controlling boyfriend sniffed his girlfriend's underwear andd handcuffed himself to her in bed to ensure that she was not having sex with other men, it has been reported.

Thirty two-year-old John McLaughlin, from Wigan, UK is reported to have even quit his job so he could camp outside 26-year-old girlfriend Devon Brown's work place for eight hours and track her every move.

According to the Mirror, McLaughlin also installed a CCTV camera inside the house they shared, left booby traps, and hacked the black box in her car to track her movements because he was convinced that Brown was being unfaithful to him. 

The pair is said to have met last June when Brown was working as a house letting agent and McLaughlin came in to rent a house. Brown said she immediately fell for him because of his "gorgeous green eyes" and that they started dating around Halloween. However, despite describing him as a "lovely" and "a real gentleman" who was "caring and affectionate," she said she noticed some red flags after they moved in together this past January.

"John would meet me every day after work, which I thought was lovely at first. But if I tried to make any other arrangement, he would go mad," she told Mirror. "He insisted on collecting me from work and then taking me home, and I realized he wanted to keep a check on me."

Brown said she initially brushed off concerns because she thought the 32-year-old was "a bit insecure" but that things took a turn for the worse when he began accusing her of having an affair with her married, middle-aged neighbor who was also her dad's friend. 

"John was convinced I was having an affair with him and that we were meeting up secretly during the night," she said. "He started jamming paper on the top of our doors, so he would know if they had been opened during the night. He would leave his phone on record all night, to catch anyone sneaking into the house."

Then came the CCTV cameras. Brown said they were initially her idea to prove to McLaughlin that she wasn't cheating on him, but that it quickly backfired as the 32-year-old would spend "hours and hours" combing through the tapes. After the cameras, he reportedly hacked into the black box of her car to track her movements, forcing her to send selfies to prove her location even when she was out with her mother or sister.

The handcuffs she had bought to "make our relationship fun again" would backfire too. After McLaughlin accused her of having affairs with everyone from her best friend's fiance to neighbors to factory workers to even his own dad, Brown suggested he handcuff her so she could prove that the accusations were lies. The 32-year-old followed through, handcuffing himself to her so he could keep an eye on her. 

McLaughlin then also quit his job and would sit outside her workplace between 9 am to 5 pm, smelling her knickers after work to find out if she had had sex with her coworkers.

She said she wasn't allowed to take her phone upstairs because he feared she was texting another man and that he would wait outside the bathroom for her and tell her "you're mine and only mine."

Brown finally worked up the courage to end her relationship with him at the end of May, but the 32-year-old allegedly refused to accept it.

"We had a huge row and I tried to get out of the house but he wouldn’t let me go. He pushed me and he smashed me over the head with a can," she said. "The police came and he was arrested."

McLaughlin appeared before the magistrates in July and pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend and engaging in controlling and coercive behavior.

He is scheduled to be sentenced at the end of the month at the Bolton Crown Court.