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Jealous boyfriend controlled partner’s social media and approved her clothes

A jealous boyfriend has been convicted of controlling his partner’s access to social media and trying to dictate what clothes she wore.

Bradley Wright admitted a course of abusive behaviour against his girlfriend which took place over 18 months.

The 23-year-old seized the woman by the throat and headbutted her during an attack in his bedroom after he’d thrown her on the bed.

During the relationship, Wright attempted to enforce when she could wear make-up and banned her from “liking” photos of men on social media platforms.

Wright appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday and admitted the course of behaviour against the victim between July 2019 and January this year.

Fiscal depute Christine Brownlie said Wright and the woman were in a relationship after meeting in 2017.

Wright headbutted the woman during a bedroom attack.

Ms Brownlie said Wright was angered by his girlfriend buying a dress for her birthday without his “approval”, telling her “boys will see you in that, you can’t do that”.

She said Wright added, “You’ll look like an absolute sl*g in that”.

The prosecutor said it was a “common feature” of the couple’s relationship that Wright would “dictate” what his partner could wear and if she was allowed make-up.

The court heard if the woman wanted to upload photos to social media then Wright wanted “to give his approval about what content she posted”.

Ms Brownlie said Wright would go through his partner’s mobile phone when she was sleeping and “blocking certain males” on her social media.

Wright pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Wright pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

She said Wright didn’t allow “likes” on male photos.

The court was told the woman was in Wright’s bedroom in Dunbar, East Lothian, in August last year when he grabbed her arms.

After throwing the victim on the bed, Ms Brownlie said, Wright seized her throat and headbutted her before she fled and drove home in her car.

The woman broke off the relationship with Wright that month, but he repeatedly sent her threatening messages and phoned her in January.

Wright will return to court for sentencing in January.
Wright will return to court for sentencing in January.

The court was told Wright sent one message which said when she “grows up” she would “regret not loving him” while others included threats to “kill”.

Defence agent James Stewart said the low “levels of maturity” displayed by his client were “evident in the text messages”.

Mr Stewart said his client, a first offender with a full-time job, did not wish to have any contact with his ex.

Sheriff Adrian Fraser deferred sentence until January for reports.

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