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20 May 2015, 06:00
A 23-year-old man has been jailed for four years for an assault and threat to kill.
David Fitzgerald, of no fixed address, was sentenced on Tuesday (12/5) at Aylesbury Crown Court after pleading guilty at the same court to one count of making threats to kill and one count of assault causing ABH on Tuesday 7 April.
He was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for the threats to kill and three years and four months’ imprisonment for the assault charge. Sentences are to run concurrently.
At around 10pm on Tuesday 10 March this year, Fitzgerald called at a flat in Whaddon Way, Bletchley.
While inside the flat he attacked the victim, a 24 year-old woman. He grabbed her face, put one finger in her eye and dragged her towards the bed, causing her eye to sting and ‘feel like it was going to pop out’.
He then punched her to the jaw and she fell backwards onto her bed. Fitzgerald then climbed on top of her and punched her to her face, stomach and groin. He covered her mouth to stop her screaming.
He held her nose whilst pouring water in her mouth. He said to her: “I’m going to suffocate you.” He pulled a knife from his pocket, put it to her throat and made more threats to kill her and then threatened to burn her with a lighter before threatening to kill her family.
The victim suffered cuts and bruising to her arm, face, neck and body.
Investigating officer, Det Con Sarah Danzelman of Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit said:
"This was a horrific premeditated crime where the victim was assaulted and threatened in her own home. She genuinely feared for her life which is what was intended and I believe the sentence given by the Judge reflects this."