A man abused his ex-girlfriend so badly that a judge has ruled he must inform police within two weeks of starting any new relationship.
Chloe Buck, 22, says she can now ‘breathe again’ knowing Jonathan Binks, 29, is behind bars after abusing her for four years, both during and after the relationship.
She has bravely opened up about her horrific ordeal to encourage other women to speak out after finally seeing Binks locked up for 40 weeks.
Two other women also made complaints to the police about assaults and harassment by Binks, one of whom was only a teenager at the time.
Chloe says Binks got into her head by ‘gaslighting’ her – which means manipulating someone by psychological means into doubting their own sanity.
Binks severely bruised Chloe when he headbutted her outside a Co-op following a row over the speed she was walking.
She was pregnant and pushing a pram at the time.
During another incident, he drenched her in white paint after lashing out because he said she had done a poor job painting the nursery.
The campaign of abuse began immediately after the pair started their relationship in September 2014 when Chloe was just 18 after Binks approached her on Facebook.
Though Chloe tried to leave on several occasions, she described how charming and persuasive he became, showering her with lavish gifts, sending her poems and carrying out romantic gestures.
One morning she woke up to ‘I love you’ written in flowers on her front lawn – but the previous days he had been physically and emotionally abusive towards her.
The pair had two sons together but this didn’t stop Binks being violent towards Chloe, from Goole, East Yorkshire.
He threatened to push Chloe down the stairs if she didn’t have the second child aborted because he convinced himself he wasn’t the father.
She said: ‘He was set on getting me pregnant and wanting a family from the outset. I got pregnant within a month.
‘When I was pregnant, the controlling became more intense. His excuse would be “you are carrying my baby”.
‘When my first little boy was six weeks old, he attacked me and kicked the Moses basket over when the baby was in it.
‘When I was pregnant the second time, he kept saying it wasn’t his and he threatened to push me down the stairs if I didn’t have it aborted.
‘He poured a tub of white paint over me when I hadn’t painted the nursery to his standards.
‘He said awful things about the way I looked, about my body, convinced me that no one else would want me.
‘When I said I wanted to leave he would get violent – so I felt it was safer for everyone if I stayed.’
Despite being banned from contacting her due to a restraining order following a split in October 2017, Binks continues to stalk petrified Chloe.
He even hijacked her date with a friend and punched the man in the back of the head before he was thrown out of the bar.
Chloe says she has been left with post-traumatic stress disorder after Binks slowly eroded her self-esteem and mental health.
Now Binks is in prison, Chloe feels this is the first time in four years she can be herself.
She said: ‘When I was with him, he would see my vulnerabilities and use them against me.
‘He was always smart in how he assaulted me, he never hit my face. He painted me out to be the abuser and a psycho. He is a very good convincer.
‘Although there have been two more victims, it’s nice that people have now believed me.
‘Many times I thought, is this going to be my life? I’m never going to escape this and one day he is going to kill me.
‘Now he’s inside, I’m hoping I can try to move on, I feel like I can breathe again.
Binks was convicted on June 27 at Beverley Magistrates Court of several counts of domestic abuse related offences against three of his ex-partners.
The judge was so concerned with Binks’ offending that he issued a clause in the Criminal Behaviour Order.
It states Binks must inform police within two weeks of starting a new relationship so the new partner can be made aware of his past.
He was jailed for 16 weeks for breaching his restraining order against Chloe for the second time, and eight weeks for assaulting her date.
Binks was jailed a further eight weeks for assaulting another woman.
He was sentenced to a further eight weeks for assaulting and harassing a third woman.