‘I was abused by my girlfriend’


Twenty-two-year-old Alex Skeel weighed just 98 pounds when he was discovered in a pool of his own blood by police.

He has been hacked at with a bread knife and battered with a hammer by his girlfriend Jordan Worth — but this was just the final sickening attack he endured during their three-year relationship.

Worth starved him, told him what to wear and isolated him from friends and family. Then, as the abuse turned more violent, she would go on to pour boiling water on the father of her two kids and knock his tooth out with a hairbrush.

She has now been jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Luton Crown Court after admitting grievous bodily harm and coercive controlling behaviour.

Dramatic bodycam footage released by police to the BBC shows the moment they discovered “blood everywhere” in the home Skeel shared with his ex in Luton.

Officers had been called to the house by neighbors who heard a fight and found injured Skeel sitting with a towel wrapped around his arm on the stairs.

‘He’s hurt himself’

Brazen Worth calmly told cops her boyfriend had “hurt himself” and suffered from a medical condition that caused him to have “bouts of self harm”.

But suspicions were raised when Worth walked her injured partner out of the hospital when he was due to go into surgery.

Opening up about the abuse, Skeel said: “It was in the middle of the night. I was trying to stop her getting in the bathroom because I’d had enough.

“I stood on the toilet and she went to go for my head. She started panicking a little bit. I just remembered sitting there and we tied it up with a football sock or something, tied it up really tightly.

“The next thing the police knock on the door.”

Second bodycam footage also showed Sgt. Ed Finn attending the home after another domestic report in 2017.

The officer said: “As soon as I saw him in the light of day, the state of him to be honest, the countless injuries all over his body, the fact he had these horrible dirty clothes on, he was pale, thin, I thought this is what I think it is…he’s being abused.”

Sgt. Finn took Skeel upstairs with the footage showing him asking the 22-year-old about the horrific abuse he suffered at the hands of his ex-girlfriend.

‘Ten days to live’

“Dude, have you been assaulted or anything like that?” Sgt. Finn asked.

Skeel replies: “No, no assault, nothing. it was just arguing. We’re just so stressed out.”

Sgt. Finn then asks: “Are you 100 percent sure Alex?”

But Skeel replies: “Yes. I’m 100 percent sure.”

When alone in the police officer’s car, Skeel bravely opened up about the three years of abuse he suffered as Worth was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Medics who checked him over said he only had 10 days to live, and that he was suffering from hydrocephalus — a build-up of fluid inside the skull — caused by trauma to the head.

‘There was a lot of blood’

In chilling police interviews, Worth recalled how she knifed her boyfriend with the bread knife.

“I was holding the knife. I just wanted him to come in the house. It was a big one from the kitchen,” she said.

“I don’t think it went that far but, it did, there was a lot of blood.”

Worth also revealed how she hit Skeel with a hairbrush — causing him to lose a tooth — and told officers she battered him with a hammer but “never hurt him.”

“Whenever we’ve had an argument in the car I’ll just grab my hairbrush that’s on the side and I’ll just sort of hit him either wherever I can,” she said.

Three years of abuse

Skeel’s horrific ordeal was exposed in BBC show “Abused By My Girlfriend,” which was narrated by the brave dad.

In it, he revealed how he felt like he couldn’t escape after meeting Worth through friends in June 2012.

He was left smitten but her controlling behavior soon crept in and the pair would have constant arguments.

They broke up after Worth snapped his sim card in half. But then she dropped the bombshell she was pregnant and gave birth to their son in May 2014.

Skeel tried to keep away from Worth but wrongly believed motherhood had changed her and they soon moved in together.

It wasn’t long until Worth began to control his life once more and cut off contact between Skeel and his family and friends by controlling his phone and social media accounts.

She also played sick mind games and once lied to him about his beloved granddad dying — leaving him in tears.

On another occasion, during a trip to Winter Wonderland, Worth forced Skeel to consume an entire pack of sleeping pills — and he has no idea how he got home.

She even tried to change his name by deed poll and made him sleep on the floor of their bedroom for nine months.

Violent attacks

Her mental abuse eventually grew more violent and she stopped Skeel from eating — forcing him to just exist on scraps until he lost 42 pounds.

She also hit his shins and head with a hammer, struck his legs and hands with knives and poured boiling water on his arms and back as he slept.

Worth would find any weapon in reach, including a glass bottle, bits of wardrobe, a football pole snapped in half and a hairbrush.

Recalling one attack, Skeel said: “We went out and everything seemed OK. And she said ‘right that’s it’ and picked up her hairbrush and went full on whack. My tooth was near enough off.

“I had no money, I didn’t drive, so in the end I just ripped the tooth out.”

He hoped that the arrival of their baby daughter Iris in May 2017 would make the violence go away but a month later, she poured a kettle full of boiling water on him.

“I was backed into the corner upstairs, she lifted the lid up and threw it,” he recalls. “I screamed. Full on screamed.”

Skeel has now opened up about his nightmare abuse to encourage other victims to come forward.

“You’re far more of a person if you speak out,” he said.

“You’re only going to get better if you talk about it.”