A MAN who threatened to kill and “chop up” his former partner after taking hold of a “fearsome” axe has been jailed for six years.
Mark Little first assaulted Amanda O’Brien on March 6 at a mutual friend’s address in Workington, head-butting her twice and punching her in the face.
A week later at the same house, 51-year-old Little pushed her to the floor, dragged her by the hair between rooms and later took hold of a large black axe which prosecutor Tim Evans told Carlisle Crown Court today (TUES) was a “heavy, sharp and frankly fearsome weapon”.
Although he dropped the axe, Little told terrified Ms O’Brien “shut your mouth, I will kill you and chop you up”, before head-butting and punching her. “Witnesses describe her as being bloodied, bruised and hysterical,” added Mr Evans.
The victim was so distressed she moved away from Cumbria, telling police “I honestly believe he could kill me”, and saying of his offending: “It has ruined my life.”
Heavily-convicted Little, of Milburn Street, Workington, whose criminal record stretches back 35 years, pleaded guilty to four crimes. He admitted two assaults on Ms O’Brien – one causing actual bodily harm – along with making a threat to kill and pervert the course of justice having tried to concoct a false alibi while in custody.
He was jailed by Recorder Kevin Grice, who told him: “You are, in my view, a controlling, manipulative and devious man who, in certain circumstances, fuelled by drink and drugs, is capable of threatening and inflicting violence, particularly on women.”
Little was also banned from contacting the victim for seven years.
Detective Constable Carolyn Wilson investigated the case.
Speaking after the sentencing, she said: “Little is today facing the harsh reality of a long spell behind bars for the violence he carried out.
“These were cowardly, brutal assaults which left this woman in extreme fear.
“That makes it all the more important to pay tribute to her bravery throughout this case.”
DC Wilson added: “Domestic violence is a priority for Cumbria Constabulary and we take a proactive and sensitive approach to investigating incidents which are reported to us.
“Anyone experiencing domestic abuse can feel reassured that all reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.
“Our officers are committed to tackling all types of domestic abuse, prosecuting those responsible and working with partner agencies to support victims and survivors.
“If you are a victim of domestic abuse, are affected by domestic abuse or know someone who is suffering please come forward.
“We can help you, and get the support you need. We will work to keep you safe from further offences and to bring the perpetrator to justice.
“We do not want victims to suffer in silence – we can help you.
“If you have been the victim of such abuse – or if you know of a friend, relative or neighbour who has – contact the police today.”