Possessive boyfriend used sleeping lover’s thumb to unlock her phone and spy

A possessive boyfriend who used his sleeping girlfriend’s thumb to unlock her iPhone and check if she was dating other men now has a criminal record.

Alexander Heavens, 24, pressed Stacey Booth’s thumb against the phone sensor to bypass its Touch ID security system.

He would then wake her up to interrogate her about any names he found.

Heavens, who was paranoid due to cocaine use, had violent rows with Stacey and punched, bit and trampled on her, and also bent back her fingers causing her agony.

At Manchester Crown Court he admitted engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship.

Prosecutor Rob Smith said: “He would grab her finger and use it to unlock her phone as it had her fingerprint ID code.

“He would wake her, ask who everyone was and keep her up all night. She became sleep deprived.”

The court also heard that when Stacey herself suspected Heavens was seeing someone else and asked him about it, he held a kitchen knife to his stomach and screeched at her.

Mr Smith added: “She was worried he would use the knife on her or himself.”

Deferring sentence for six months, Judge Martin Rudland said: “This is extremely serious. You have been given a chance to address your issues.”

Heavens, from Failsworth, near Oldham, was also banned from contacting Miss Booth.

The Serious Crime Act 2015 created the offence of ­controlling or coercive ­behaviour. It can carry a 12-month jail sentence.

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