‘I am a survivor, not his victim anymore’: Wisbech woman who was stalked, harassed and beaten by jailed ex-lover speaks out
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“I was harassed, stalked, beaten and made to feel trapped - he was obsessed with me.”
These are the words of Becky Powell who suffered years of terrifying abuse at the hands of her stalker ex-boyfriend Jordan Hughes from Wisbech.
The 25-year-old, from New Drove, was jailed for more than three years and handed a 10 year restraining order at Cambridge Crown Court last week.
Becky - who declares she is not a victim but a survivor - has now bravely spoken about her ordeal to the Wisbech Standard.
She was in a relationship with Hughes for three years before finally being able to break free and embrace a new beginning.
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Speaking about the start of her relationship with Hughes, she explained: "Things escalated as he would cause an argument over little things like if I was not texting back fast enough.
"I let it go as I thought it was love, and when you love someone you tend to turn a blind eye to things."
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Becky decided to end the relationship but was threatened that explicit pictures of her would be posted on social media.
It wasn't until early 2014 she managed to get away and in September that year, met Alex, who she describes as a "kind, gentle soul, far different from Jordan".
"I fell pregnant shortly after meeting Alex and we had our baby girl in July 2015," Becky said.
"We were living in a flat in Walsoken when around 10pm one night I heard a knock at the window. I got out of bed and it was Jordan.
"In a rage he smashed the glass in my flat door and punched me through the window - he was not happy to know I had a baby girl and moved on."
Hughes fled the scene before police arrived but he was later arrested and given a suspended sentence with community service.
Becky and her family decided to move, but her life was tormented again when he found out where she lived.
"I kept taking the beatings from him as I feared for my family's lives including my daughter.
"The fear got too much, I ended up being so hurt through all of it that I could not take anymore," she said.
Becky claims Hughes broke into her home, harassed her neighbours and created different Facebook profiles to contact her.
"He found where I was and was harassing an elderly couple while my daughter and I were hiding in the living room," Becky continued.
"He then sent out my nudes and hacked my Facebook - my whole family and Alex's family could see everything he was sending them about me."
Hughes admitted charges of stalking causing serious alarm or distress, affray, intimidating a witness and driving while uninsured.
DC Chris Smith, who investigated, said: "Hughes's behaviour against his ex-girlfriend was completely unacceptable and his actions left her in genuine fear of her safety."
Becky now lives in a secret location, of which only close family and friends know, but she says despite the agony Hughes caused her - he no longer has a hold on her life.
She added: "I have nightmares and struggle to sleep still he haunts me the dreams come and go.
"I wish I could forget but I am a survivor not his victim anymore.
"He is a violent man, he may still haunt my dreams but he has no hold over me any longer.
"I am happy with my life and Alex is a big part of my recovery and my daughter - they are my rocks."