"She was pushing him away and screaming"
Chetan Sharma, aged 41, of Loughborough, was jailed for four years and one month for wounding his ex-partner before trying to strangle her.
Leicester Crown Court heard that Sharma had been following his former partner around the town.
He became angry and jealous because he thought she was seeing another man.
Chetan asked the woman to visit him at home on May 17, 2021, just “for 10 minutes” and she agreed.
Although the victim’s relationship with Sharma ended two years earlier, they stayed in contact.
During the visit, Sharma brandished a kitchen knife with an 18cm blade and lunged towards her abdomen, but she dodged it.
When he thrust the blade towards her again, she put out her hand, causing a laceration. Due to the force, the blade broke off the handle.
Gareth Weetman, prosecuting, said: “The defendant grabbed her around the throat and started to strangle her, saying: ‘You’ve been playing with me, you’ve got somebody and this is how it’s going to end, I’ll kill you first and I’ll kill myself’.
“She was pushing him away and screaming for help.
“The strangulation was momentary because she had the presence of mind to try and calm him down by telling him she loved him.
“It worked, and he stopped.”
Sharma then cleaned up his ex-partner’s injured hand and bandaged it.
The police arrived at the scene and the woman was taken to hospital where she received stitches for a wound at the base of her thumb.
It has since healed but the woman still suffers psychological effects.
She also had a superficial cut and bruising on her upper arm.
Sharma was originally charged with attempted murder, which he denied.
He pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of wounding with intent. This was accepted by the prosecution.
Sharma had not previously shown any anger towards his ex-partner.
He has no previous convictions but received police cautions for two domestic violence incidents in 2009 and 2012.
In mitigation, Joey Kwong said:
“He’s sorry for what occurred when he was going through a roller coaster of emotions.
“Immediately afterwards he helped her by cleaning the wound.”
Judge Keith Raynor told Sharma:
“In the weeks before the attack, you were becoming more desperate, jealous and angry and had been following her around Loughborough, keeping an eye on her.”
He said it was “plain and simple jealousy and rage” adding the knife broke “due to the force”.
Chetan Sharma was jailed for four years and one month.
He also received an indefinite restraining order, banning him from having any form of contact with the victim.