Woman abused girlfriend and stabbed her after Tinder relationship turned toxic

A twisted woman who subjected her girlfriend to a campaign of abuse has been jailed after pledging to "laugh" prosecutors out of court.

Paige Cook, 22, of Bishopgate, Howden, quickly turned controlling after she met her victim on Tinder in 2018, Hull Daily Mail reported.

Cook has now been jailed for eight years for her evil and coercive behaviour which saw her stab her partner, control her and stop her from seeing friends or family.

She even stopped her girlfriend from working, Hull Crown Court was told and continued to manipulate her from behind bars.

The victim, who has not been named, was stabbed at least twice during the months-long abusive campaign.

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."

On one occasion, the pair were on holiday in Cumbria when abusive Cook stabbed the woman with a pair of scissors.

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.

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And in another shocking incident, in October 2019, Cook stabbed her partner in the arm following a drunken row. She later told detectives that it was self-inflicted and that she 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 breach 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.

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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."

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.

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.

Cook will have to serve up to half of her sentence in custody.

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