Violent and controlling thug left his Tinder-date ex, 31, needing 30 stitches and scarred for life after setting dog on her in row on her birthday before taking his own life
- Lucy Jackson-Stifanese met Ben Robertson, 36, on Tinder and quickly moved in
- He abused her many times, leaving her naked on balcony and needing stitches
- Ms Jackson-Stifanese decided to press charges but Robertson killed himself
A violet thug left his Tinder-date ex-girlfriend in need of 30 stitches and scarred for life after he set a dog on her in an argument on her birthday before killing himself.
Lucy Jackson-Stifanese, 31, met Ben Robertson, 36, on Tinder and within a few weeks had moved in with him.
In just three months he hit her for the first time but Ms Jackson-Stifanese stayed with him because she was in denial, according to the Daily Star.
Lucy Jackson-Stifanese, 31, met Ben Robertson, 36, (pictured together) on Tinder and within a few weeks had moved in with him
It was only when she used Clare’s Law, which lets people find out from police if their partner has a history of domestic violence, that an officer warned her: ‘Leave now or you will die.’
Ms Jackson-Stifanese, a PE and swimming teacher from Essex, said: ‘Ben seemed to be everything I ever wanted.
‘It was small changes at first. He’d tell me not to wear makeup.’
In just three months he hit her for the first time but Ms Jackson-Stifanese stayed with him because she was in denial
It wasn’t long before emotional abuse became physical and in one ordeal Robertson dragged a naked Ms Jackson-Stifanese from her bed and left her on the balcony of their flat.
On Ms Jackson-Stifanese’s 31st birthday last July, Robertson set a Staffordshire bull terrier on her.
Ms Jackson-Stifanese said: ‘We argued as I wanted to go to see my family, and he ordered the dog: ”Go for her!”
‘I needed over 30 stitches to my face and arm, a blood transfusion and plastic surgery.’
It wasn’t long before emotional abuse became physical and in one ordeal Robertson dragged a naked Ms Jackson-Stifanese from her bed and left her on the balcony of their flat
It wasn’t until a police officer told her that Robertson had abused four other women and had been sent to prison twice that she decided to leave him.
She said: ‘The police officer said, ”I’m promising you, Lucy. If you don’t leave him now, you’ll end up dead”.’
She then pressed charges and a court hearing was set for January 8 this year, but last December Robertson killed himself.
Ms Jackson-Stifanese is now publicly asking women who think their partner may be mistreating them to speak to police.
On Ms Jackson-Stifanese’s 31st birthday last July, Robertson set a Staffordshire bull terrier on her
She said: ‘If you have any doubt whatsoever about the person you’re with, get them checked out under Clare’s Law. It could save your life.’
The law was introduced in 2014 after a campaign from the father of a domestic abuse victim who was murdered.
Clare Woods, 36, was strangled and set on fire at her home in Salford, Lancashire, in February 2009 by her boyfriend George Appleton.
It later transpired that Appleton had a record of violence against women and Clare’s father, Michael Brown, argued that her death could have been prevented if she had known of her partner’s history.
Theresa May, who was Home Secretary when the law was introduced, said: ‘Domestic abuse shatters lives – Clare’s Law provides people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy.
‘The national scheme will ensure that more people can make informed decisions about their relationship and escape if necessary.’