A 41-year-old man who spent his partner’s earnings and dictated what she ate – and when and how often she slept – has been jailed.
Daniel Sih controlled her behaviour over a period of several years while they lived together in Market Harborough – but his crimes were brought to the attention of police when he assaulted her last summer.
On Friday (26 November), at Leicester Crown Court, he was sentenced to 27 months' imprisonment.
At the same court on 22 November, Sih – of Station Road, Desborough, Northamptonshire – pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating and one count of engaging in coercive/controlling behaviour in an intimate/family relationship.
On 26 June 2020, following the assault, the victim disclosed numerous incidents whereby Sih had exerted coercive and controlling behaviour. She stated he had used her money to go on holiday by himself and had also treated himself to a new watch with her earnings.
Detectives were also told that he would also dictate what she could and could not eat – and even how long she was allowed to sleep. She said he would verbally abuse her on a regular basis and often became violent – leaving her with bruises.
Sih is also subject to an indefinite order, forbidding contact with the victim.
Detective Constable Robin Bonell, from Market Harborough CID, was the investigating officer. He said: “Sih’s victim has shown immense bravery in speaking out about the physical and psychological harm he caused.
“They are no longer in a relationship with one another and I hope that she can now move on with her life and take some comfort from the fact he has been brought to justice and is now serving time in prison.
“Leicestershire Police takes all reports of controlling and coercive behaviour seriously and it’s never too late to speak out. I would encourage anyone who believes they’re a victim – or thinks they know someone who is a victim – to come forward.”