Mother & # 39; 12 years starved by her twisted husband who wanted a size zero woman & # 39 ;, eventually weighed only five stones and wore children's clothes
- Catherine Hartley, 31, from Irvine, married Matthew Hartley in October 2006
- As soon as they were married, Catherine said her husband controlled her life
- She said he controlled what she ate, which means she gained weight by five
- Hartley admitted that he had attacked his wife in court, but avoided a prison sentence
A woman who was starving & # 39; over the course of 12 years & # 39; by her dominant husband, claiming that she wanted her to fit into clothes designed for a seven-year-old child.
Catherine Hartley, 31, from Perceton, Irvine, was size 12 when she married Matthew Hartley, but her new husband wanted a woman who wore size zero clothing.
The couple met when she was 15 and he was 25. She said he was chasing her by buying her cigarettes and alcohol.
Catherine Hartley, 31, from Perceton, Irvine, was size 12 when she married Matthew Hartley, but her new husband wanted a woman who wore size zero dress
Catherine Hartley, in the photo, was married to Hartley for 12 years before they separated and divorced. Mrs Hartley reported the violent behavior of her husband to the police, despite the fact that she had admitted three times that the prison had been avoided
They married in October 2006, although this started a 12-year-old nightmare for Catherine when her husband began to control every aspect of her life, including what she was allowed to eat.
Hartley claimed he wasn't a & # 39; fat woman & # 39; wanted and stopped eating healthy, to the extent that at a certain stage she only weighed five stones.
She told me Daily record: & # 39; He said I was fat, so he put me on a diet. He wanted a size 0 woman.
& # 39; If I ate before I went to bed, he forced me to sleep on the couch because he didn't like the smell of food.
& # 39; I became so thin that when I lay down on the mattress, my bones hurt. In the end I was wearing the clothes of a seven year old girl. & # 39;
Catherine said her husband abused during their 12-year marriage, grabbed her by the neck, and lifted her off her feet.
On another occasion he threw her through the room.
In one incident, he pulled Catherine & # 39; s dressing gown after catching her smoking and pushed her onto a balcony in view of the workers in an office building across the street.
He later installed CCTV in every room of the house so that he could keep Catherine under constant supervision.
When she was pregnant with her child, Hartley told her she was fat when she asked for a back massage.
The couple eventually divorced in August 2017 before divorcing in April 2019.
After the divorce, Catherine reported her husband to the police for his behavior.
The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of assault in Kilmarnock Sheriff's Court in April in relation to his wife. He also pleaded guilty to a sexual assault on another woman.
However, he did not receive a custodial sentence and received a repayment order from the 12-month supervised community and was instructed to sign for a year in the register of sex offenders.
Catherine said this was too flexible for the years of harassment to which her husband was subjected.
She believed that Hartley should have received a prison sentence for his actions, in which she described her married life as in the movie & # 39; Sleeping With The Enemy & # 39 ;.
She said Hartley destroyed her self-confidence and self-esteem through his constant abuse and criticism, insisting that her ex-husband remain a danger to women.
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