A man who disguised himself as delivery driver to carry out a terrifying attack on his ex in her own home which saw him strangle her with a rope has been jailed.
Mohammed Amir Ali, 31, strangled his victim in a sustained and planned assault and told her “you’re going to die today”, a court heard.
Bradford Crown Court heard how Ali wore a mask and gloves and pretended to bring a parcel to the door at her home in Bradford, West Yorks., on May 23.
When she opened the door, he lunged at her and grabbed her by the throat and forced his way into her property.
The court heard how he began to strangle his victim with a rope but it was only when his mask fell off during the struggle that she realised who it was.
Ali put tape over her mouth and round the back of her head, threatening: “You’re going to die today. I’m going to prison.”
He taped his victim’s wrists behind her back and put more tape around her mouth to stifle her screams.
He then put two white pills into her mouth telling her they were sleeping tablets, the court heard.
Prosecutor James Lake told the court there was a teenage girl cowering in fear upstairs who managed to make a whispered 999 call.
When officers arrived at the scene, Ali opened the door but made no comment when he was questioned.
His victim was rushed to hospital with injuries to her neck and arms, and hair found on the tape confirmed her account that it had been wrapped around her head.
She said in her victim personal statement that she had problems sleeping afterwards and suffered flashbacks.
She suffered with back pain and had undergone counselling for anxiety. She was now afraid when people arrived unannounced at her door.
Ali pleaded guilty to breach of a non-molestation order, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and criminal damage.
He was jailed for three years and given a five-year restraining order banning him from having any contact with his victim.
Judge Andrew Hatton said Ali brought rope and gaffer tape with him for the pre-planned attack on his former partner.
He said: “It’s difficult to imagine the terror she must have experienced.”