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1st Jul, 2022

Bully jailed after strangling former partner

A BULLY who strangled his ex-partner until she passed out has been jailed.

John Ardron, who has a previous conviction for manslaughter, had originally denied assaulting his former girlfriend at her home in Snitterfield, as well as charges of common assault and harassment.

But Ardron of Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham, whose previous convictions included manslaughter as a teenager and wounding with intent, changed his pleas to guilty on the day of his trial when he was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Ardron and his ex had been in a turbulent relationship ‘for a period of months’ until she ended it in 2018.

But the 34-year-old continued to worm his way back into her life, and it became ‘something of an on-off situation.’

An incident last year saw Ardron turn up at her home, grab her by the throat, lift her off the floor, and throw her down.

His ex managed to call the police as he pursued her around the house.

After that there was a great deal of contact from Ardron which was both unwanted and, following his appearance in court in September, in breach of his bail conditions.

And in January he turned up at her home, again in breach of his bail conditions, and when she let him in, he tried to dissuade her from continuing with the case.

During an argument he placed his hand round her neck and she struggled to breathe. He let go and she tried to get away, but he grabbed her again.

She managed to get away and lock herself in the toilet, but when she opened the door, he was there and began strangling her before she passed out.

Having regained consciousness, he apologised, but they began to argue again before strangled her again until she lost consciousness.

When she came round she attempted to get away though there was a scuffle which caused the victim to fall and hit her head, knocking her out.

After she came round a third time she helped Ardron, who had slipped on liquid she’d thrown, wrap a bandage around a cut to his hand.

Geraldine Toal, defending, said Ardron, who had been in custody for 22 weeks, ‘accepts the relationship is at an end.’

Jailing him, Judge Anthony Potter described Ardron as ‘a cruel and controlling man’.

He added: “It is plain you have deep-seated issues when it comes to women and the use of violence.”

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