A university student smeared his girlfriend in dog faeces and threatened to rape her, leaving her terrified, a court heard.
Fabian Toole, 20, left his now-ex-girlfriend too scared to leave her home after physically abusing her and sending her a series of threatening text messages.
Toole, who admitted controlling his former lover at Maidstone Crown Court, was handed a suspended prison sentence but was told he had been spared jail "by the skin of his teeth".
The court heard that Toole and his victim had started a relationship in August 2019 but just a few months later in November that year he became violent.
On one occasion when she jokingly threw chocolate at him while they watched a horror film he retaliated by punching her in the stomach then the chest, the court heard.
Prosecutor Jessica Goldring said that on another occasion, during a bike ride, Toole rode into the woman's bike, pushed her into a bush, wiped dog faeces on her and threatened to rape her.
On another occasion, he drove dangerously with her in his car and punched her thigh and hand, bruising her, before swerving the car across the road, the court heard.
In threatening text messages, Toole told her: "I’m going to smash your face in at work" and "I'm going to rape you tomorrow and break your back".
He also threatened to post a Gumtree advert that offered her as an erotic service and included private photos of her, leading her to contact the police.
In a statement read to the court, the victim described how the behaviour had affected her, saying: "I struggled to come to terms with what happened.
"I blamed myself, but now I know it was not my fault and he is a horrible person.
“I have suffered from PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder] following his behaviour, I have nightmares of him raping me.
"His actions made me suicidal, self-conscious and insecure. When I hear a car pull up outside my house I fear it is him, I’m terrified of another future abusive relationship."
Craig Evans, defending Toole, who now works in a factory, said he has an understanding of his behaviour and actions and recognises the impact of his actions, hence his guilty plea.
Toole, of East Peckham, Kent, was sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for two years.
He must also complete a 'building better relationships' programme and attend 20 rehabilitation days.
Toole was also made the subject of a six-month electronic curfew and was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to his victim plus £40 prosecution costs.