Swanage man, 25, jailed for ‘controlling’ former partner

A MAN has been jailed for controlling and coercive behaviour involving a former partner.

Benjamin David Jason Albin, of Swanage, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday, January 13, after being convicted at a trial for the offence of controlling and coercive behaviour.

He had also previously admitted criminal damage.

The 25-year-old was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and was made the subject of a restraining order for a period of seven years.

The charges related to his behaviour during a relationship in the early part of 2021.

Evidence produced before the court detailed how Albin would contact his victim excessively on a daily basis.

She would start receiving calls and messages within minutes of arriving at her workplace and the defendant would come and find her to see who she was with if he did not get a response.

He would also contact her friends if she didn’t answer, to try and find out who she was with.

Albin insisted she install a location service on a mobile phone app so he could monitor her movements and would accuse her of cheating on him if it was ever turned off.

He would routinely check her mobile phone to see who she had been in contact with.

Albin also caused criminal damage to her possessions.

Mobile phone evidence was secured showing messages in which Albin made various threats to the victim, including threats to kill her and anyone she was speaking to.

Detective Sergeant Eleanor Jones, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We take all reports of domestic abuse extremely seriously and are committed to both supporting victims and taking robust action against offenders.

“Nobody deserves to be the victim of the kind of psychological and emotional abuse Benjamin Albin subjected his former partner to.

“I hope this case demonstrates that we will take action to ensure offenders such as Albin face the consequences of their actions.

“I want to praise the victim in this case for having the courage to come forward and report this awful behaviour to us.

“I hope her actions will inspire others to feel confident that they can report offences to police in the knowledge that they will be fully supported, with specialist officers supporting them from their initial police contact through to the court process.”

If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, or you know someone who is being abused, report it to Dorset Police. This can be done in confidence.

If abuse is in progress and someone is in immediate danger, call 999. Otherwise, contact police via or by calling 101. Crimes can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website at

For more information on help and advice around domestic abuse, as well as details of agencies that can offer support, visit

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