“You’re going to die today. I’m going to prison."
Mohammed Amir Ali, aged 31, of Blackburn, was jailed for three years after a horrific attack on his ex-partner whilst disguised as a delivery driver.
Bradford Crown Court heard that he wore a mask and gloves to bring a parcel to the door of the Bradford home before lunging at the woman.
He grabbed her by the throat and forced her into the living room.
James Lake, prosecuting, said Ali had a length of rope and a roll of Duck Tape with him for the planned attack on May 23, 2020.
Ali strangled the woman with the rope. However, she realised who it was when his mask fell off.
Ali put tape over her mouth and round the back of her head, saying:
“You’re going to die today. I’m going to prison.”
He taped the woman’s wrists behind her back and put more tape around her mouth to silence her screams. Ali then placed two white pills into her mouth telling her they were sleeping tablets.
Mr Lake explained that a teenage girl upstairs managed to make a whispered 999 call to the police.
Ali forced his ex-partner upstairs and injured the teenager’s arm when he grabbed her phone, breaking the glass.
He threatened to take his victims with him, saying: “We’ve got two cars outside.”
Ali then removed the tape from around the woman’s head, pulling some of her hair out. She shouted out of the window that she had been tied up.
Ali went downstairs and opened the door where he was confronted by police. During questioning, he made no comment.
The woman suffered injuries to her neck and arms and was taken to hospital. Hair on the tape confirmed her account that it had been wrapped around her head and her neck injury was consistent with a rope being put around it.
In her personal statement, the victim said she had problems sleeping afterwards and suffered flashbacks.
She suffered from back pain and had undergone counselling for anxiety. She was now scared when people arrived unannounced at her door.
Ali pleaded guilty to breach of a non-molestation order, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and criminal damage.
The court heard that he had no previous convictions.
In mitigation, Michael Collins said Ali planned to move back to Blackpool where his family lived.
Since the offences, he had been remanded in prison.
Judge Andrew Hatton said that under the disguise of a delivery driver, Ali brought rope and gaffer tape with him for the pre-planned attack on his former partner.
He said: “It’s difficult to imagine the terror she must have experienced.”
The Telegraph and Argus reported that on October 5, 2020, Ali was jailed for three years. He also received a five-year restraining order, banning him from contacting the victim.