Man smashed partner’s face in a mirror and squeezed her neck so she couldn’t breathe after she drank some of his cider

A woman feared for her life after her violent partner punched her, hit her head into a mirror and squeezed her neck after a petty row over cider.

Andrew Allen, 41, has been locked up for 16 months following the terrifying attack in Oldham last month.

His former partner escaped through a kitchen window to get away from him.

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She was left with a ‘horribly swollen face’ and had bruises to her neck.

Her four hour ordeal was flared by an argument after she had drunk some of Allen’s cider, at about 8pm on July 28.

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Allen, who had been in an ‘on-off’ relationship with the woman for about 15 years, then made ‘hurtful comments’ about her previous relationships and told her ‘you like it when men hit you, so why can’t I?”

He grabbed her by the hair, then hit her head against a mirror in the bathroom.

Allen told her that he ‘didn’t care’ if she got a black eye or if he was arrested.

He said she had ‘five minutes to get back in the bedroom’.

Prosecutors said the woman believed Allen was going to kill her, and said she’d ‘never seen him so angry’.

Allen then put his hand around her throat and squeezed, leaving her struggling to breathe.

He then punched her to the face several times.

To distract him, she told Allen she’d heard someone at the door.

The doors were locked so she had to escape through a kitchen window, and went to a friend’s house to get help.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard there had been an ‘extensive history’ of the woman calling the police in relation to incidents involving Allen.

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“The violence has got a lot worse recently,” she said.

Unemployed Allen, who has 25 previous convictions, was last in court in 2015 for breaching a restraining order and assaulting a police officer.

Defending, Hugh McKee said Allen had ‘curbed’ his drinking but he accepts it has been a problem since his teenage years.

“The only real mitigation he has is his guilty plea, and that indicates his remorse,” the barrister said.

Sentencing, Judge Tina Landale told Allen: “On this particular occasion you argued with her, you attacked her, hitting her head into a mirror, causing her to fear that she would be killed, punched her to her face, and squeezed her neck so that she could not breathe.

“You had locked the doors, so she was unable to escape until she found her way through that kitchen window.

“This was a prolonged, persistent incident lasting up to four hours.”

Allen, of Rydal Walk, Oldham, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A restraining order was also passed.

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