A VIOLENT ex who was at the centre of a 48-hour manhunt after a teen girl disappeared has been jailed.

Abid Khan, 22, got three years and four months after the judge heard how Marnie Clayton, 18, suffered physical abuse and harassment.

A manhunt started when she vanished from a nightclub in Windsor, Berkshire, while celebrating her 18th in January.

Khan saw her and demanded she give him her new number, which she did out of fear, prosecutors said.

They later got a taxi to a hotel in Southampton and had consensual sex, before he accused her of kissing someone else in the club.

The next day he pushed her face down into the bed. He only let her go when she was going to be sick and kicked her leg.


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Khan then snapped her provisional driver's licence in half and let her send her parents a message from his phone when he was alerted to reports of the manhunt in the national press.

She sent a winking-face emoji in a coded message to say she needed help. Her family discovered she was in Southampton when Mr Khan convinced her to go to Manchester.

They got off at Basingstoke, Hampshire, when they saw police at the train station but were recognised by members of the public, who alerted officers and the manhunt ended.

Ms Clayton, who claimed he threatened to burn her face so she would be unrecognisable, tried to kill herself twice this year as a result, she told Reading crown court in a victim impact statement.

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She said: "I had flashbacks of what he did to me and I did not want to be here anymore."

Prosecutor Alexander Upton said that Khan’s behaviour became increasingly controlling and violent after they met in June last year.

He prevented her from seeing friends and repeatedly asked who she was with, when she was with them and regularly threatened to kill her.

And he “used her as a boxing bag” in a hotel on one occasion as well as regularly physically attacking her, Upton said. It included smashing her head against a mirror and punching her.

Adan Williams, defending, said: "This is a toxic relationship with two young individuals."

Judge Amjad Nawaz said: "He knew what he was doing and that it was wrong and he should not do so.

"He was simply unwilling to accept she did not want to be with him.

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"He needs to grow up and realise that if he does not, he will be sentenced to imprisonment for longer and longer offences."

Khan admitted putting her in fear of violence by harassment.

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