AN Ellesmere Port woman who abused her partner by falsely imprisoning her, strangling her and attacking her during a coercive and controlling relationship lasting several years has been jailed.

Georgina Watt, 33, formerly of Lime Street, had denied five charges in connection with the abusive relationship, but was found guilty on all five following a trial at Chester Crown Court in March this year.

She had also denied a charge of criminal damage by damaging a £60 smoke alarm, but she was also found guilty of this.

Appearing at Chester Crown Court on Friday, November 17 to be sentenced, Watt received a sentence totalling 56 months in prison.

The court heard that was supposed to be a romantic relationship was coercive and controlling between December 29, 2015 and September 12, 2022.

During that time, the female victim was isolated from friends and family, and in 2018, the victim was physically attacked, causing actual bodily harm.

A further assault happened between September 9 and September 12, 2022, during which time the victim was also falsely imprisoned, and Watt intentionally strangled her.

In addition to the 56-month sentence, Watt was issued with an indefinite restraining order which includes preventing her from contacting the victim in any way, or entering any premises she knows or believes the victim to be living in.

Watt has also been banned from entering Ellesmere Port and Little Sutton.

The defendant did not enter a plea to a seventh charge of obstructing a police officer on September 12, 2022. No evidence was offered for this and a verdict of not guilty was made by order of the judge.