A young woman was held prisoner for nine months by her new boyfriend who taught his dog how to bite her.
Becky Keegan only escaped by climbing through a kitchen window, breaking her ankle as she frantically ran away.
According to Mirror, the 24-year-old had no electricity to keep warm for almost a year, had her mobile phone stolen by him, and was prevented from contacting any of her relatives.
No report was made to Police about her disappearance as her family presumed she’d run off with a new man.
The brute confiscated her bank cards and ensured she wore the same clothes every day – long-sleeved tops and jeans.
Becky met David Lacey over Blackberry Messenger in March 2014 and the pair later began dating.
But after one weekend visit in April, last year, he imprisoned Becky in his house and she didn’t escape until January this year – nearly nine months later.She said
That weekend was terrifying but I never knew it would turn into nine months.I felt worse than a prisoner – I was like his slave.I wasn’t allowed to stand near the windows and I could only leave the house to go to his mum’s for an hour or two. He quickly turned violent and I’d get hit and slapped, or he’d encourage his dog to get worked up and then bite me.
If David nipped to the shop he would lock me in the house and I’d desperately try to get someone’s attention from the windows.One day in January he said he was nipping to a friend’s house, but he’d left the kitchen window open.
It was tiny and quite high up, but I didn’t have a second thought. I climbed out, legs first, onto an eight-foot-high wall and injured my ankle when I jumped down.I just ran and ran, it was the following day before I got back to my mum’s house.I was so scared and didn’t feel like I could trust anyone.My mum was gobsmacked to see me at the front door, we both couldn’t stop crying.She called David an animal and made me ring the police straightaway.I gave them a statement and in April, they called to say that David had handed himself in.I have never felt so relieved.I am still so affected by what happened – David has stolen more than a year of my life.”
Lacey was jailed in July for 22 months after pleading guilty to false imprisonment and abstracting electricity.