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‘Dangerous and violent’ man who threatened to set girlfriend alight goes on run

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Adam Bennett, 27, of Pinehurst Road, Anfield, escaped from court after pleading guilty to engaging in controlling behaviour Credit: Liverpool Echo
Adam Bennett, 27, was going through jail for controlling behaviour (Picture: Echo)

A ‘dangerous and violent’ man who threatened to set his girlfriend on hearth has escaped courtroom earlier than being sentenced.

Adam Bennett, 27, had beforehand pleaded responsible to controlling behaviour, together with locking his accomplice inside a car and flushing her contraceptive capsule down the bathroom.

He was anticipated to face jail time, however ran from Liverpool Crown Court after listening to the sentencing tips.

A warrant has now been issued for his arrest with out bail and police are urging members of the general public to help them of their enquiries.

During an earlier listening to, the courtroom had heard how Bennett’s controlling and coercive behaviour had begun in May 2018.

Louise McCloskey, prosecuting advised the courtroom: ‘The defendant had change into indignant after noticing she had been trying up her ex on Facebook on her telephone.

‘He then forced her into a car and threatened her verbally. He drove her to her ex’s and locked her within the car there. He then drove her to a home the place he locked her in.’

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A general view of Liverpool Crown Court where Barry Bennell is due to stand trial over a string of child sex allegations.
He ran from the courtroom earlier than sentencing (Picture: PA)

On one event, Bennett drove his girlfriend round ‘for hours’ and left her terrified as to ‘what he would do next’, Ms McCloskey mentioned.

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While throughout one other drive, he mounted the pavement within the car and threatened to hit a lamppost, the courtroom heard.

Ms McCloskey mentioned: ‘It became a regular occurrence that he would become angry and accuse her of cheating on him.’

She additionally described how Bennett had doused his sufferer in cleansing fluid and held a lighter close to her, whereas threatening to set her alight.

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The prosecutor continued: ‘She had to miss days of labor. He knew she liked her job and it was a spot she liked going to.

‘He would always prevent her from wearing much make-up and he stopped her from socialising with her friends. He also stopped her from sleeping at night until he himself had fallen asleep.’

The sufferer now suffers from ‘very low self-esteem’ and has since struggled with anxiousness and melancholy on account of Bennett’s actions, Ms McCloskey mentioned.

She mentioned: ‘She feels frightened and paranoid and has had to install alarms in her house. She feels as though the defendant is watching her and is paranoid every time someone drives by her.’

Paul Wood, defending, mentioned had advised the courtroom Bennett, of Pinehurst Road, Anfield, had a ‘very difficult childhood’.

He mentioned the defendant and had ‘two sides’ to him, one consisting of an ‘insecure individual’ and one ‘who many members of the public would support the positive qualities he has.’

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Police have warned that Bennett’s look might have modified since he went on the run and mentioned anybody who sees him ought to name 999.

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Inspector Jane Moreau from Merseyside Police’s Fugitive Team mentioned: ‘Extensive enquiries are ongoing to find Bennett for the reason that warrant was issued yesterday.

‘Please share his image as far and wide as possible, to ensure he doesn’t come into contact with any unsuspecting girls.

‘Bennett is regarded as a dangerous and violent individual so I would urge anyone who has seen him or has any information to come forward immediately and help us remove him from the streets.’

If you may have any additional details about Bennett’s whereabouts, contact @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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