Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alice's Story Must Help Others Escape Abusers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alice's Story Must Help Others Escape Abusers

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Byline: Chris Knight Reporter

ALEADING detective who helped bring Alice Ruggles' murderer to justice hopes her tragic story inspires victims of abusive relationships to speak out and seek help.

Soldier and obsessive ex-boyfriend Trimaan Dhillon stalked his 24-yearold former partner and hacked her social media accounts after she broke up with him.

Alice called 101 to report Dhillon's obsessive behaviour five days before he murdered her in the bathroom of her flat in Bensham, Gateshead, in October last year.

But despite her plea for help, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Theaker insists no-one - not even Alice herself - knew the deadly extent of Dhillon's intentions.

She said: "When you look at his pattern of behaviour, speak to previous girlfriends, other friends, it is clear that he is an obsessive, manipulative, dangerous man."

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court heard how Alice lost weight from the abusive relationship and led the Sky employee to withdraw from her friends.

The court heard despite the fact that the 26-year-old was 'serially unfaithful' to Alice through dating apps Tinder and Plenty of Fish, he refused to let her go once she ended the relationship.

Lance Corporal Dhillon knocked on her door one evening and left flowers and chocolates on her window sill, scaring Alice so much she decided to finally call police.

Dhillon, of Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland, received a restraining order following the breakdown of his first relationship with Eniko Nemeth in 2012. And the investigation following Alice's murder uncovered the dark extent of Dhillon's controlling behaviour and his stalking.

Speak to friends, and Painting a picture of the relationship, Det Chief Insp Theaker said: "He was very intense at the beginning, he was very controlling of Alice. "Dhillon would try and extenuate issues with her friends in an attempt to isolate her from them. He would try and control what she was wearing and what she looked like. He would be checking her messages and if they were out in company with other people, he would be commanding of her attention. …

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