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23 February 2018, 11:09
A man from Margate who squeezed a woman's neck until she stopped breathing has been jailed for three years.
Nathan Galvin also punched and kicked her and pulled a clump of her hair out during two attacks last October.
When she begged him to stop the 29-year-old grabbed her around the throat and squeezed her neck with his hands and said he would kick her across the kitchen when she cried out she couldn't breathe.
When she went into another room, he continued to kick and punch the victim causing multiple injuries.
When he left the room, the victim was able to grab her phone and hit the redial button. The call connected to her friend who heard her cries for help and went to the address.
He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court to assault and actual bodily harm and was jailed on Thursday 22 February for three years. During the sentencing hearing Galvin was also given another four months for contempt of court.
Investigating officer PC Hazel Edgar-Nevill said: "Galvin is violent man who subjected his victim to a sustained and terrifying ordeal.
"The victim has shown great courage in coming forward and I commend her for that.
"He is clearly a danger to women and I am pleased with the outcome at court."