Woman controlled girlfriend then stabbed her twice after Tinder relationship turned toxic
A woman subjected her girlfriend to a horrifying campaign of abuse in which she stabbed her twice, controlled her and even stopped her from working.
Paige Cook, 22, of Bishopgate, Howden, quickly turned controlling after meeting the victim on Tinder, isolating her from her family, manipulating her and stabbing her on at least two occasions.
In one incident, the 22-year-old, who has since been jailed for eight years, stabbed the woman in her knee with a pair of scissors while the ouple were on holiday together in Cumbria, Hull Crown Court heard.
The woman called the police but Cook took hold of the phone and told officers it had been a man that had done it.
However, when officers arrived the pair then said the woman had fallen out of a hot tub onto a pair of scissors.
Another incident in October 2019, witnessed by neighbours, saw the woman stabbed in the arm by Cook during a drunken row.
She later told police she had self-harmed and was not stabbed by Cook.
Cook attended the police station with her and as a result was in breach of a domestic violence protection order and she was arrested.
Prosecuting, Ms Robinson, told the court that neighbours regularly heard the couple arguing and said the police were called a number of times to their home.
She said: “The order was breached three times in total and Ms Cook went to prison twice for it. Her partner did not support the investigation so Humberside Police made enquiries into previous incidents and discovered the call made to police there.
“In January this year, the woman contacted the police and told them she was ready to disclose what had happened to her.”
The court heard that while spending time in custody Cook had tried to manipulate the woman and tried to stop her supporting the prosecution by professing her love and telling her they would marry.
In a letter to a fellow inmate, Cook wrote: “She thinks we’re engaged lol lol lol.”
The court heard Cook would regularly call the woman, even calling her friends or family members and getting them to call the woman from their phones so Cook could speak to her over loudspeaker.
This happened until the prison stopped the calls.
During one call to a member of her family, Cook said she wanted to get the case dropped and said: “I’m going to laugh them out of court and I will f cry and tell them I’ve been abused for so long.”
Ms Robinson said Cook’s offending had had a profound effect on her ex-partner.
She said: “Over the course of her video interview with police the woman described a relationship characterised by coercive control. She was isolated and her confidence was knocked and was made to feel like everything was her fault.
“She [Cook] didn’t like her wearing make up and would take her phone and send texts pretending to be her. She told her that if she spoke to the police her life wouldn’t be worth living.
“Friends provided evidence and told how she had changed and had become isolated and had lost her job.”
In a victim impact statement read out to the court, the woman said: “I still have the scars from when she stabbed me and they are a constant reminder for me – not that I could ever forget.
“I’m trying to get my life together but it feels like a huge task and I don’t know where to start.”
The court heard Cook has similar previous convictions including harassment and battery against an ex-partner.
Mitigating, Charlotte Baines, said the relationship was “toxic” and the complainant was not fearful of Cook who retaliated against her actions, which were sometimes violent.
She said: “The complainant is ten years older, with Ms Cook at just 22 and she accepts she still has a lot of growing up to do.”
Ms Baines said around three or four years ago Cook received serious injuries from a car accident that left her wheelchair bound for months and she also suffered with her mental health as a result of that.
She said: “She recognises she needs help with her mental health and is hoping to get some in custody. She comes from a very good and supportive family and they are supporting her today.
“They don’t condone her behaviour but remain supportive of her.”
Judge Ahmed Nadim sentenced Cook to eight years in jail and made her the subject of a ten-year restraining order against her ex-partner.
He told her: “You manipulated her, threatened her with violence, isolated her to an extent she felt entirely dependant on you.
“She now suffers from depression and PTSD and that will take time to overcome.
“She believed you was in love with her and was thinking about marriage but that was behaviour designed to get her not to support the prosecution and for a significant while you succeeded.”
Cook will have to serve up to half of her sentence in custody.