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Jealous, violent Peterborough man jailed for attacking girlfriend

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Dion Aldred was looking through his girlfriend’s social media and become angry after seeing she hadn’t blocked people, he had told her to, a court heard.

He climbed on top of her and, for the second time that month, strangled her before punching her again.

Aldred, of Birchtree Avenue, Peterborough, was arrested after his girlfriend called police on 23 April last year.

He has now been jailed two years.

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The woman confided that Aldred, 27, had placed his hands around her neck for at least 10 seconds earlier that same month.

He had also strangled her a second time on the day she called police. The woman had woken up to him punching her in the head, and she saw he had her phone in his hand.

Aldred had been looking through her social media and become angry after seeing she hadn’t blocked people; he had told her to.

He climbed on top of her and, for the second time that month, strangled her before punching her again.

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Eventually Aldred calmed down, but the woman was left with bruising to her neck, face, arms, legs, lips, and ear. Before the woman called police that morning, he had also punched and assaulted her in the street.

Aldred was arrested but denied the allegations in police interview.

However, he admitted assaulting the woman in the street after he was shown the attack was caught on camera.

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Aldred later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and two counts of intentional strangulation.

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Dion Aldred, of Birchtree Avenue, Peterborough, was arrested after his girlfriend called police on 23 April last year. Aldred has been jailed for assault.

Dion Aldred, of Birchtree Avenue, Peterborough, was arrested after his girlfriend called police on 23 April last year. Aldred has been jailed for assault.

He was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court to two years and five months in prison.

DC Lloyd Davis, who investigated, said: “Domestic abusers who strangle their partners to control them, or induce fear, face up to five years in prison under legislation that came in last year.

“Aldred’s abuse left his girlfriend incredibly frightened for her safety and no-one should ever be made to feel that way. Domestic abuse is never acceptable and there is no excuse.

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“I hope he now reflects on his behaviour and his victim can feel some measure of comfort and closure. I would like to thank her for her bravery and for supporting us in getting the result she deserves.

“Tackling domestic abuse is a force priority and we will continue to work tirelessly to keep victims safe.”

Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse is urged to contact police or call the national domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.

To report concerns or for more advice and support on domestic abuse, including coercive control, visit the force’s dedicated web page.

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