Thug, 29, who strangled and beat his former partner in violent attack jailed

A thug who strangled and beat his former partner in a violent attack has been jailed.

Charlie Clark assaulted his victim before she was able to escape the home in Worcestershire.

A member of the public then raised the alarm to the police.

Clark, 29, was jailed for 33 months and a restraining order was also granted to protect the victim from further harm at Worcester Crown Court, Birmingham Live reports.

Detective Constable Claire Masters from West Mercia Police said: “The victim, while now safe, initially did not want to involve the police because she was so scared of Clark, fearing further violence and harm should she pursue a complaint.

“I cannot commend her enough however for making the brave and courageous decision to come forward and speak out.

“She trusted officers to listen, to take the appropriate action and has thanked us for our support and she truly believes that her decision to speak to us has saved her life.”

She went on to say help and support was available despite it becoming ‘increasingly harder’ for victims to escape domestic abuse and violence due to lockdown.

“Domestic abuse perpetrators are using the restrictions to control, manipulate and instil fear in their victims,” she said.

“Household isolation instructions as a result of coronavirus do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

“Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

“If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately but also phonetically sounds like the name Annie.”